Saturday, 12 September 2015

NMN Thursday

Martin White and I ran traps at Crymlyn Bog NNR for National Moth Night on Thursday until 11.30
A respectable total of 54 species, with plenty of micros in spite of being coolish.
Best for me was Nemapogon clematella netted flying at dusk. 4th VC41 adult record. The larvae build noticeable external feeding tunnels on dead wood, often hazel but alder might be more likely in this location.
Also Blastobasis rebeli, 2nd VC41 record, the first being from the same place in 2010.
Possible Bactra lacteana, retained for confirmation. (Smaller at 6mm than B lancealana and with apical streak) Apparently no confirmed records for VC41, according to MapMate
One mystery, 10mm long, also retained for ID. Any thoughts?

Nemapogon clematella

Agonopterix umbellana

Blastobasis rebeli

Epermenia falciformis

Possible Bactra lacteana
Query. 10mm long

Bulrush Wainscot


  1. The mystery one looks a bit Ypsolopha-like, but possibly too worn to id from a photo? The clematella is lovely.

  2. Thanks Barry. I'm hoping Dave might look at the Bactra for gen det for me so hoping he may do both! Yes, very pleased to see the clematella; unfortunately it expired in the fridge overnight.

  3. We are overdue a lacteana record (confirmed from VC42 this year I believe) but I won't accept it without dissection, so I look forward to receiving it!

  4. the mystery micro has a distinctive costal fold so I'd say an Epinotia.

  5. Probably Epinotia brunnichiana in fact.

  6. They're in the post! Many thanks.

  7. Just dissected the Bactra and it is the first confirmed lacteana for the country. The mystery moth was Epinotia solandriana.