Thursday, 13 August 2015

Unidentified micro moth - a better photo?

I went back to check Fleabane patches this morning and found 3 micro moths in one area and 1 in another area.  I took some more photos and I think this one shows the colour of the head clearly along with some very faint orange marks on the body.  Does this help to ID as Apodia bifractella?
Apodia bifractella?

5 comments:

  1. It looks the ticket. The faint costal mark and the slightly organgey head and banded parts to the legs, plus sitting on fleabane. Perhaps if Simon can keep one, and include it in his next batch? Just to make absolutely sure.

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  2. Thanks Peter. I had pretty much convinced myself it was A. bistrigella as I couldn't find anything else that would fit.

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  3. I've now seen around 25 this year in Gwent/Glamorgan and the amount of orange on the wings has been very variable, from some, like yours, which are almost devoid of orange scales, to others which have a very obvious broken orange fascia near the wing tip. I think the orange scales on the head/thorax get rubbed off on worn specimens so these appear darker too.

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  4. Fantastic, thanks everyone. Makes my job much easier! If you can show me where the plants are Sarah I will take some seedheads later and try to breed them through to what should hopefully be a pristine adult!

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  5. Ina, the Fleabane areas are only a short, easy walk, so no problem. Just shout when you need to collect the seedheads.

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