Monday 16 June 2014


Saturday night's trapping was the best of the year by a long way.  74-ish species of moth, and quite a number of beetle/leafhopper/wasps/other random invertebrate species.  Highlights included over 180 Heart and Dart, a massive Puss Moth, 22 P conwagana and Cream-spot ladybird.  Also nice to see 2 specimens of Ophonus ardosiacus, a rare seed-eating carabid beetle, which given that I have seen this species here before I guess now confirms that there is a persistent population of them on Rhoose Point.

There were a few where I was unsure of the id - if anyone can offer any pointers I would be grateful!

Possibly Epagoge grotiana, but really not too sure!
 Pyla fusca?

Argyresthia curvella?

Coleophora lineolea?
 Dave- I've retained specimens of those in the photos, let me know if you want to see any of them.  If not, I will release them back from whence they came!


  1. Hi Adam,
    The Tortix might be grotiana, but I think Syndemis musculana is more likely even though the colour looks a little off.

    No problem with Pyla fusca and the Argyresthia.

    The Coleophora could well be lineolea - it certainly breeds occurs at Rhoose, as I saw it there last year, but not sure I would be able to say with certainty from the photo. I seem to recall something about the ringed antennae being important, but don't have MBGBI to hand to know whether that confirms it or rules it out!

  2. I might do a couple of dissections - it's high time I put the things I learned on Norman's course to use! To be honest the Epagoge/Syndemis doesn't really look right for either!

  3. Looks rather like Ptycholomoides aeriferanus to me

  4. May be worth checking the Pyla a bit more critically for Apomyelois bistriatella?

  5. You are spot-on with the P aeriferanus Barry. I would happily check the Pyla if I hadn't let it out into the garden! I'll put the trap on again tonight to see if it returns...

  6. Ringed antennae on the Coleophora rules out lineolea. Probably c. follicularis.