Just to draw a line under this one, the P. palustrana records (Photos 4 and 5) were accepted by the County Moth Recorder, but there was some doubt about the Phiaris micanas (Photos 1 - 3), which were rejected.
Moths 1 - 4 were all found yesterday in an area of rough grassland (very damp in winter) at Orton Moss near Carlisle. Moth 5 was found 3 days ago in a small woodland clearing, boggy in places (even now), near Brampton.
Moths 1 and 3 were measured (from photos taken with a calibrated...
I'd been pinning my hopes on the third one, as I thought it might either be from a different genus, or that it was perhaps distinctive enough to be indicative of a particular Bactra species. However, I now doubt that either of these things are true, and so I'll just concede...
These three micros were all found at Orton Moss to the south of Carlisle yesterday no more than 10m apart. They were all in a woodland glade in an area that's very boggy for at least 6 months of the year. For what it's worth, my best estimate lengths (from palp tip to wing tip) were...
I found this micro yesterday on open grassland. It seems to be similar in form (including palps) to some of the Gelechiidae in my field guide, but I can't find a plausible match. It was 10-11mm long.
I'm not holding out much hope for an ID down to species level, but just to have the...
Thanks for that, Andy.
Despite the fact that Epiblema scutulana is the right size and has the right flight period I'd dismissed this one (and other similar species) because there didn't seem to be an obvious tuft behind the head. However, I've had a look through other shots I took from...
Having looked at other sources, I now think that Elachista luticomella is a much better bet:
Although this isn't illustrated in S&P, it is mentioned in the text for E. albifrontella and so I should have picked up on it earlier!
This specimen was found on low vegetation in a large area of rough grassland at the woodland edge in Carlisle yesterday. It was measured at just over 5mm in length, with FL estimated at just under 4.5mm. Elachista albifrontella seems like a decent match from the image shown in Stirling...
This specimen (with 3 others) was found on a small weed patch near woodland in Carlisle yesterday. The total length was measured at just over 10mm. The best visual fit I could find in Stirling&Parsons was Pammene populana, but this is too small and it's probably too early anyway -...
I think that's a great shout!
If you look at the worn example included in the following link, it really does seem to tick all of the boxes (including length):
I'll submit it to the county recorder as Psychoides...
I found this moth earlier today at the edge of some woodland near Carlisle.
I've worked through my field guide a few times, but I can't find a match.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
This moth was found earlier today in mixed woodland, initially perched on a tree trunk. It was fairly small with wingspan in the 2-3cm range. I'm assuming that it's a pug of some sort, but I've not been able to find any convincing matches taking into account the time of year. It's...