Saturday 11 July 2015

Creigiau - micro ID query

Sorting this morning from last night's GMS session and came across this little beastie. I have a problem with this, because the nearest match I can find is Elegia similella which the books say is found only in the south of England. I'm obviously missing something ...... Help please.

The background grid is 2mm.


  1. I wonder if it is Apomyelosis bistriatella?

  2. Could be Mark, leg colour looks right too.

  3. I did consider A bistriatella, but the white cross-line looked to be quite narrow, not broad as in this specimen. Would fit geographically though.

    Whatever it turns out to be, it will be a new moth for me.

  4. Looks like Elegia to me - fabulous record!

  5. Agree, looks very much like White-barred Knot-horn (E. similella). According to the NBN Gateway on UK Moths, it could be a Welsh first. Nice catch.

  6. Can you hang on to it Howard? I think you are right and it would be a valuable specimen for the national collection.

  7. Thanks to all for your comments.

    Dave - I thought you'd say that ... so I still have the live moth in the fridge. What do you want me to do with it? ... bring it in?

    1. If u out could bring it in to the office that would be great. I'm not in on Monday, but elaine should be there. I will be in on Tuesday.