Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Micro for Id

5 comments:

Paul Talbot..aka Moffman said...

Hi Andy
I think its a nice fresh Parsnip Moth (Depressaria pastinacella).

Its should be far better at CB next week if the warmer holds up. Lots more leaves have appeared on trees already this week.

charly streets said...

Yes, look forward to that Paul.Although there weren't many moths about a couple were new to me including that vivid green V Pug. Also plenty of bats (Daubenton's?), Tawny Owls, toads, fox and a couple of pupa from the plantain mines. So an enjoyable evening was had.

charly streets said...

For the micro, how about Agonopterix arenella?

Paul Talbot..aka Moffman said...

Hi Charlie
You could well be correct as I have seen both arenella and pastinacella resembling the photo (and lots of shades inbetween). Both I have found in most areas of Calderdale I have netted or trapped. One sure fire way of seperating the two without the need for tackle sorting is the posture when captured. arenella always lays still and looks like some sort of seed, pastinacella always seems to try and escape by flying like other micros.

AndyC said...

it must be arenella as it was just like a seed.