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Micro ID - look here first (1 Viewer)

This is an expansion on Robs set of pyralids. I've included another couple of shots of Endotricha flammealis which hopefully show a little more of the distinctive character of this moth. The shape and resting position are rather unique.

Udea olivalis is a very common moth in my garden trap.

Udeal lutealis is much less common in my garden (only two records) but is common enough generally.

Note the common feature in all the pyralids shown: the antennae usually sweep back along the centre of the abdomen, converging before diverging again.


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Big and sexy Pyralids

Some of the larger and more distinctive pyralid moths:

Garden Pebble Evergestis forficalis - big for a micro with distinctive shape and tent-like rest position

Gold Triangle Hypsopygia costalis - small but unique. Also rests with the wings in a flat triangle.

Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis - another shot of this large pyrale.

Phlyctaenia coronata - similar shape to the last one but usually smaller.


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Orthopygia glaucinalis, Water Veneer & Rush Veneer

Three more pyralids.

Orthopygia glaucinalis is relatively large and easy to identify with it's two narrow pale bands.

Water Veneer Acentria ephemerella is tiny but easy to identify and can be numerous on certain nights from July onwards. These will all be males as winged females are rare, most staying in the water where the bulk of the life cycle is played out.

Rush Veneer Nomophila noctuella is a common migrant and quite distinctive with its shape and dark markings.


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We've already seen pictures of Brown and Small China-marks above. Here are the other two.

Beautiful China-mark Nymphula stagnata

Ringed China-mark Parapoynx stratiotata - the female is rather plain brown but still has the distinctive ring mark.

I've included another shot of the Small China-mark Cataclysta lemnata to emphasise the beautiful string of black, white and blue markings on the hindwing margin. Often disturbed around ponds in the daytime.


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This is a sub-family of the pyralids. Still clearly from that family - check the antennae - but most are elongated with the wings held rather tightly around the abdomen and rolled slightly. Many are tricky to identify but these four are quite easy.

Euzophera pinguis - get quite a lot of these - the pattern and raised head stance are quite distinctive.

Homoeosoma sinuella - not quite so common - pale ground colour and blotchy brown bands characterise the species.

Pempelia formosa - rather local but I seem to get this one a bit in July - the extensive uniform reddish basal section followed by bands of black, white and reddish make this one very attractive.

Thistle Ermine Myelois circumvoluta - just about the easiest phycitinid and very common. Much bigger than the superficially similar Yponomeuta Ermines.


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A lot of nice photos, Brian! :t:

Carcina quercana that I caught last night - note long antennae.



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One more:

Archips podana is common in my garden. Not too similar to Archips Xylosteana (on page 1)


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I will throw my two penneth worth in. I am no expert (as some of you will testify) but I have a few moths that could benefit this thread.

1. Acleris forsskaleana
2. Catoptria pinella

I will look for some more after this has uploaded.



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A few more to add to the list.

I must admit I wish I could do a narrative around these moths like Brian can but I just don't know enough about the subject to do it.

1. Green Oak Tortrix - Tortrix viridana
2. Large Fruit-tree Tortrix - Archips podana
3. Orthopygia glaucinalis



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I hope you don't mind me uploading so many but you guys have helped me out so much in the past that I thought that this was one way I could put something back.

Here are a few more.

1. Phtheochroa rugosana
2. Pyrausta aurata
3. White-shouldered House-moth - Endrosis sarcitrella

I have a few more but they are of some harder species so I don't know if you want them.



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Here's some pretty distinctive and common day fliers which tend to crop up from time to time, especially the two "long horn" species.

1 Nemophora degeerella (female). Male has much longer antennae.
2 Adela reaumurella (female), again longer antennae in the male.
3 Eriocrania subpurpurella- a spring moth around 6mm in length.
4 Micropterix aruncella and 5 Micropterix calthella- both pretty common but can be easily overlooked due to their tiny size of around 5mm in length.



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White Plume Moth Pterophorus pentadactyla

Plumes are on the whole pretty tricky but this one is very distinctive. Smaller than most and the only one that is predominantly white. It also tends to show more of the wings than most.

The last shot shows another species in the typical plume stance with the wings held out to form a T shape. If you have one like this it is likely to be Emmelina monodactyla but there are several similar species so it's best to check.


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More confusables

First two teeny ones

1) Monopsis crocicapitella
2) Plutella xylostella

both with a pink stripe down the "back", otherwise dark wings. Monopsis has a yellow head; and while Plutella's pink pattern forms elongated diamonds, Monopsis has an irregular pattern.

then venturing onto the thin ice of self-destruction... Two similar Pyralids

3) Dipleurina lacustrata
4) Eudonia mercurella

with the white lines on the latter makinga nice cross near the trailing edge, and the former often seeming to produce a black circle rather than an X.
(If you think I got this wrong, please tell me!!)




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Here are a few more.

1. Ypsolopha sequella



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Agapeta zoegana

We've caught this micro at least twice at Durlston - so I assume that it's fairly common. It's certainly very distinctive.



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First two teeny ones

1) Monopsis crocicapitella
2) Plutella xylostella

both with a pink stripe down the "back", otherwise dark wings. Monopsis has a yellow head; and while Plutella's pink pattern forms elongated diamonds, Monopsis has an irregular pattern.

1. Monopis crocicapitella is difficult to separate from M. obviella, which has paler hindwings.
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Moth i.d. needed.

just started 'mothing' last night an only got a few sp. not to sure about this one though, i was thinkin maybe The Butterbur?

I thought it might be another Rosy Rustic but it was a good bit bigger than those that were present....


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I have found this thread useful. Hopefully these pics will help others.


1. 467 Rhigognostis annulatella
2. 1219 Lathronympha strigana
3. 954 Eupoecilia angustana
4. 1234 Pammene regiana
5. 937 Agapeta hamana Hook-marked Straw Moth


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