Help Required with a Tortrix

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Help Required with a Tortrix

Postby melbellingham on Wed Aug 11, 2021 7:08 pm

On 11/07/2021 I caught a tortrix moth that I could not ID. I photographed it in the hope that it would help with the identification. It didn’t help so as the moth was a male, rather worn with many lost scales, I decided to retain it for dissection.

The dissection went well, but despite looking through all tortrix images on the Moth Dissection website, and after checking all the literature that I have, I only found one moth that I was reasonably happy with. That moth was Epinotia signatana. The genitalia looked right, and I thought that I could even pick out features on the image of the moth that were convincing.

One final check was all that was needed. I always check previous records on Mapmate to see if it is recorded in Cheshire, and how common it is.

Now, my Mapmate database is out of date by about 5 years, but I looked anyway. One previous Cheshire record in 1887. Not that common then, unless it has been recorded in the last 5 years.

I do think that I am correct with the species. It is probably something common that I have missed, but would appreciate any suggestions that anyone is able to give.

IMG_0956_Epinotia.jpg
Tortrix sp

IMG_1374_link with IMG 0956.jpg
Genitalia plate

Thanks.

Mel.
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Re: Help Required with a Tortrix

Postby stevehind on Thu Aug 12, 2021 11:02 am

Hi Mel

I am sure you are correct with your ID.

All the county moth records are now online on the Cheshire Moth Charts website, so you are best checking that site rather than MapMate for the latest information:
https://www.cheshire-moth-charts.co.uk/ ... lrecords=1

The data for Epinotia signatana shows four records, including a recent one from Bromborough
E signatana.JPG


Another two have also been found at Bromborough this year, see:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/3876613 ... 5606383402
https://www.facebook.com/groups/3876613 ... 5204656442

Regards
Steve
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Re: Help Required with a Tortrix

Postby melbellingham on Thu Aug 12, 2021 11:59 am

Hi Steve,

Thanks for the confirmation. I had forgotten about 'What's Flying Tonight', so thanks for the reminder also.

I have just completed another dissection which I have puzzled over. I think it is Cydia conicolana which doesn't appear on my database, so will now check for recent records on WFT.

Thanks again,
Merl.
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