Thursday 3 October 2013

Parc Slip

Put the trap out last night and had a decent catch despite a few torrential downpours overnight. Lots of common marbled carpets and black rustics with our first red-line quaker, brick, flounced chestnuts, grey and blair's shoulder-knots of the year. A few micros too with Agonopterix ocellana, A. umbellana, Acleris rhombana and Ypsolopha parenthesella. 29 species in total including this very small micro - is it Phyllonorycter messaniella?
Also this larger but less well-marked individual - it appeared greyer than it looks in the photo. Couldn't get anywhere with this one so if anyone could help I'd be grateful.
Also in the trap; one male dark bush cricket, one pungent Nicrophorus investigator and a couple of attractive bugs: Pantilius tunicatus.


  1. Yes, P messaniella, I had one last night too.

    The other one looks pretty grotty but with the long palps I'd go for Phtheochroa inopiana (we had this at last year's Parc Slip event in August) - Dave might have other suggestions!


  2. I would never have got to that George, but it certainly has the palps for it so I think you are right.

  3. Thanks both - the book states a flight period of June to August for P.inopiana but I guess the warm weather can extend it to October?

  4. Insects don't read the books. Besides, it's not exactly a fresh specimen so I wouldn't worry about it being a bit on the late side.

  5. Could it be a worn Endothenia quadrimaculana?