Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Rhoose Point last night

Recurvaria leucatella??
Mompha ochraceella??
Acleris bergamanniana??
Struggling with this one - grateful for any help!
Pyrausta despicata??
A good moth night at Rhoose Point yesterday.  51 species in total so things are getting back toward 2011 levels here at least.  New for the year were:
  • Mompha ochraceella - (photo above) assuming my id is correct!
  • Mottled/Willow Beauty (is there an easy way of telling thease apart?)
  • Green Pug
  • Cochylis hybridella
  • Common Wainscot
  • Light Arches
  • Scalloped Oak
  • Udea prunalis
  • Pyrausta despicata - there were three of these, and the one in the photo above was noticeably smaller and a much redder colour than the others, and didn't fill me with confidence about the id.  Is that within the normal pattern for despicata or have I misidentified it?
New for the garden record were:
  • Peach Blossom
  • Recurvaria leucatella (grateful for confirmation of the photo above as this is the first one I have seen and its not that common?)
  • Acleris bergmanniana - again, photo above
  • Coptotriche marginea
 And on the migrant front, singles of Diamond-back and Rusty-dot Pearl, and 2 x Silver Y including one of the paler form, so speculation about a little migrant activity recently is repeated here.


  1. Adam
    Not sure about M. ochraceella or the Recurvaria, but I think A bergmanniana is right and P. despicata too, though I've never seen one of this pink-ish colour. The mystery moth is an old friend of mine: Blastobasis udustella (formerly B. lignea)the pale 'arrow'pointing towards the head being distinctive.

  2. Adam - agree with all those except perhaps the Blastobasis...I think this might be lacticolella which can also have similar markings to adustella, but is usually this pale sandy colour whereas adustella is darker. The flight season fits better too - adustella usually comes later.

    The Recurvaria is a nice moth isn't it.

  3. George
    I've just had a look at lacticolella and I think you're spot on.

  4. Thanks for your help both, much appreciated.

    The Recurvaria is a nice moth to look at with its clean black and white lines. And let's be honest its also nice to see one of the less frequently recorded species!