Is this a moth.

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Is this a moth.

Postby green_heath on Sat Mar 20, 2021 9:53 am

Hello
We haven' t had much yet, more today including this one mystery.
Les and Heather
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Re: Is this a moth.

Postby Greg on Sat Mar 20, 2021 11:54 am

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.

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Re: Is this a moth.

Postby stevehind on Sat Mar 20, 2021 1:11 pm

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.
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Re: Is this a moth.

Postby green_heath on Sat Mar 20, 2021 5:42 pm

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!
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