Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Agonopterix ciliella

This moth appeared in a garden trap in Aberystwyth recently.
Superficially it looks like A.heracliana, and many may have been recorded as such in the past as this is only the second confirmed record of ciliella in the county.
The diagnostic feature is five distinct dark lines in the hindwing cilia (see ukmoths photo) and also the underside of A.ciliella can be strongly tinged pink, though this one wasn't, probably due to it's age.

Agonopterix ciliella
If you find a moth that just does not look quite right for a species it is always worth a little further investigation.

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