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Is this a moth.

PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2021 9:53 am
by green_heath
Hello
We haven' t had much yet, more today including this one mystery.
Les and Heather

Re: Is this a moth.

PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2021 11:54 am
by Greg
Yes Heather,

Looks like one of the Caloptilia's either elongella or betulicola. Both are fairly common and are on the wing now
after overwintering as adults.
Steve Hind will have a better idea than me though.

Regards
Greg.

Re: Is this a moth.

PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2021 1:11 pm
by stevehind
Hi Heather
As Greg mentions this will be either Caloptilia elongella or betulicola. The colour of the trochanter and lack of either alder or birch locally can give a good indication of which but the NMRS guidelines do suggest that it should be dissected to be sure.
Regards
Steve

Re: Is this a moth.

PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2021 5:42 pm
by green_heath
Thank you Greg and Steve
Always good to have a new moth especially so early in the season. Fortunately for the moth it was quite flighty and after getting a couple or three shots it flew off!
All the best for your mothing year!
Regards
Heather