April was very disappointing. May has started out better in terms of new species appearing, if still in very low numbers. In the last week, the Notodontidae have put in an appearance: I've had Lesser Swallow Prominent, Swallow Prominent, Iron Prominent and Pebble Prominent appear, the last two of those being new for the garden list.
There have been three new species of micro-moth for the year, all of which have given me trouble with identification.
Tentatively, I labelled the first one as Agonopterix yeatiana due to the black shading near the base of the wings and to the small white dot beyond the large black blob in the middle of the forewing. Then my doubts began to increase when I researched its distribution. The Sterling & Parsons field guide says simply that it is "more frequent towards the coast", although the distribution chart does shade in most of southern England, including areas well away from the coast. However, looking at records in inland counties neighbouring Bucks, it seems that records are very sparse indeed. So now I'm wondering if it's A. arenella. What do other people think? The moth is in my fridge, in case gen. det. is required.
|Possible Agonopterix yeatiana.|
Newton Longville, 7th May 2021
|Micro 2. Newton Longville, 7th May 2021|
|Micro 3. Newton Longville, 7th May 2021|
Newton Longville, Bucks