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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

An interesting micro - possibly?

The rain is beating against my study window and echoing, drum-like, inside the conservatory as it splashes down on the corrugated plastic roof. Not the conditions to fire my imagination, or enthusiasm, for leaving the comfort of my desk and seeking outdoor adventures. I've started to make tentative steps into the world of micro-moths and am assembling various folders of photos which will provide the material for my early learning activities.

If I've made a complete "pig's ear" of this id - please feel free to correct me; with an explanation why.
On the night of 27th June 2015 I took a moth which, on close inspection of my images, looks a good candidate for Elegia similella - a very similar individual displayed on UKmoths (http://www.ukmoths.org.uk/show.php?id=5741), where it is described as a scarce resident. Micro moths, my recently acquired reference book, uses the term "very local" - possibly an occasional immigrant? I have not done much other research, so don't know what the current status is - it's made me smile, whatever. It must have been a little bit different for me to bother getting a photo in the first place! It'll be an interesting project going through the rest of these images - seeing what else I've managed to entice onto the egg boxes of my garden MV trap?

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  1. Elegia similella, no doubt about it. Nice find. The white cross-line on dark background separates it from other pyralids.

    Bill

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    1. Thank for that Bill - I have also learned from another, local, moth-er that there have been a few examples recorded at other Thanet trap sites and they appear to be genuine migrants rather than wanderers from the Blean Wood, Canterbury, colonies. This would fit in with the other moths that were reported around this period. Hoping you are keeping well? - Dylan

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