Who am I?

An individual, of no great importance, who is unable to see the natural world as a place for competition. I catch fish, watch birds, derive immense pleasure from simply looking at butterflies, moths, bumble-bees, etc - without the need for rules! I am Dylan and this is my blog - if my opinions offend? Don't bother logging on again - simple!


Thursday 9 July 2015

I'm going to have some fun with this?

Just as I was leaving for work, yesterday afternoon, the postman knocked on the door and handed me my, much awaited, package. Within the cardboard carton was my copy of Micro moths of Great Britain & Ireland - whoopee!

I'm getting quite a collection of images of the smaller visitors to the MV trap, so with a little bit of luck, and much required assistance, I may just start to unravel some of the mysteries posed by this highly varied bunch of insects? The accompanying photos are of moths which turned up last night.

Coleophora sp. (trifolii ?)
I'm not too sure that my quest for knowledge will get me far; already I'm discovering that the requirement for gen. det. data in order to clinch the id remains the preferred option to this group.
What century are we living in? I still have the opportunity to push myself into new areas of discovery, even though I'm unwilling to use this id methodology. A greater understanding of the family group characteristics will be a good first step!


  1. It's a great book Dyl. If the micro bug really bites then I'd strongly recommend the SECOND edition of Chris Manley's British Moths that is fantastic. There is always UK Moths website that is also brilliant. But as you say, specific identification is not always possible, and, when we are in awe of the creatures before us, not even necessary. Enjoy...

    1. Cheers Steve,
      I'm having great fun looing at this group. I'd be kidding no-one, but myself, if I said that they weren't incredibly tricky and very time consuming - certainly at the start of the journey. My camera work might not be up to much, but those images should give me plenty to do on those dark winter nights when there's sod all else to distract me?
      Hoping all is well in deepest Surrey? - Dyl

  2. Not bad Dyl,Picked one up at last years East Kent Meeting and was sad enough to get Phil to sign it ! Cheers Richard