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  1. gillean55

    Phiaris sp? (Cumbria)

    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.
  2. gillean55

    Phiaris sp? (Cumbria)

    Hello 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...
  3. gillean55

    All Bactra species? (Cumbria, UK)

    Thanks, Rubia. 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...
  4. gillean55

    All Bactra species? (Cumbria, UK)

    Hello 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...
  5. gillean55

    Gelechiidae (??) ID (Cumbria, UK)

    Many thanks for that, Rose! It doesn't look much like the Blastobasis lacticolella image shown in my field guide, but I'm sure you're right! Regards Paul
  6. gillean55

    Gelechiidae (??) ID (Cumbria, UK)

    Hello 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...
  7. gillean55

    Micro ID (Cumbria, UK)

    Just to let you know rosaria, the record was - eventually - accepted! Paul
  8. gillean55

    Tortrix ID (Cumbria, UK)

    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...
  9. gillean55

    Elachista albifrontella? (Cumbria, UK)

    Having looked at other sources, I now think that Elachista luticomella is a much better bet: https://www.hlasek.com/elachista_luticomella_cj9320s.html 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!
  10. gillean55

    Elachista albifrontella? (Cumbria, UK)

    Hello 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...
  11. gillean55

    Tortrix ID (Cumbria, UK)

    Hello 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 -...
  12. gillean55

    Micro ID (Cumbria, UK)

    Hello rosaria 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): https://www.naturespot.org.uk/species/psychoides-filicivora I'll submit it to the county recorder as Psychoides...
  13. gillean55

    Micro ID (Cumbria, UK)

    I should have added that it was about 6mm in length.
  14. gillean55

    Micro ID (Cumbria, UK)

    Hello 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! Thanks Paul
  15. gillean55

    Macro id (Cumbria, UK)

    Hello 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...
  16. gillean55

    Sawfly (?) with long tail ID (Cumbria, UK)

    Thanks for the additional info, Ficedula. Lissonota sp. is close enough for me! Paul
  17. gillean55

    Sawfly (?) with long tail ID (Cumbria, UK)

    Many thanks for the speedy response, Ficedula! I'm sure you're right as I found the following image after Googling "Banchinae" which looks like a very good match to me: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banchinae#/media/File:Lissonota_sp01.jpg I'm guessing that it's not going to be possible to ID...
  18. gillean55

    Sawfly (?) with long tail ID (Cumbria, UK)

    Hello I found this insect earlier today at the edge of a small group of deciduous trees in an open grassy area. It looks like a sawfly to me, but the closest match I've found is Urocerus gigas - which I'm pretty sure is wrong. Any suggestions? Thanks Paul
  19. gillean55

    Leafhopper ID (Cumbria, UK)

    For info, I've just done some image searches for the three Macrosteles species classed on the British Bugs systematic list as common, and Macrosteles sexnotatus is perhaps a more likely candidate. Although the images on the BB gallery bear little resemblance to the specimen in question, I...
  20. gillean55

    Leafhopper ID (Cumbria, UK)

    Many thanks for that, Paul. Yet again I just don't understand how I missed this one. I really did work through the list three times, and for some reason just didn't see it! The specimen in question was measured at 4.4mm in length, ie outside of the 3-3.5mm range specified by BB and so I guess...
  21. gillean55

    Leafhopper ID (Cumbria, UK)

    Hello I found this leafhopper on grassland near Brampton earlier today, and I'm struggling to find a plausible ID. The closest match I can find on the British Bugs website is Lamprotettix nitidulus: http://www.britishbugs.org.uk/homoptera/Cicadellidae/Lamprotettix_nitidulus.html The...
  22. gillean55

    Grass ID (Cumbria, UK)

    Many thanks for that, King Edward - you've made my day!
  23. gillean55

    Planthopper gender

    Additional Having taken some better shots of the tip of the abdomen and done some Googling ("Delphacidae external morphology"), I believe I can now answer my own question! Unless anyone tells me otherwise I'm going with female. For example, Figure 30 shown in the following link is of a female...
  24. gillean55

    Grass ID (Cumbria, UK)

    Thanks for that, Nutcracker. Of the three planthopper species of interest, all I know is that Stenocranus major (which seems like the best bet, all things considered) has been linked to Phalaris arundinacea - at least according to British Bugs. I did a Google image search when I first read...
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