Monday, 1 December 2008

RE.Dart species 13 August 2008(NCD)

Hi all,I've just completed my first Gen Det on the Dart species found by Nick Dawtry on the 8th August this year.Its not easy with five thumbs on each hand and two small pins,caustic soda and a micro wave to get used to.But with a good deal of patience I have identified it as a Whie -line Dart Euxoa tritici.an excellent find

7 comments:

oldsoulrebel said...

Could it be a Garden Dart Andy, Charlie Fletcher told me they were impossible to seperate by dissection


Martyn

AndyC said...

Not impossible according to the site dissection group not easy but deffinatly not impossible.It is my first and could be proved wrong but it all seemed to fit white line dart.

AndyC said...

I must admit that when I looked at it under the micro scope I thought it was going to be Garden but the disection proved White Line.?

Nick Carter said...

Micro wave?

oldsoulrebel said...

ok Andy, I had to ask, I just remember the photo looking very dark and featureless, exactly like some of the Garden Darts I've had

Martyn

AndyC said...

Martyn....I agree it did look like a garden
Nick.. you are meant to slowly heat up the abdomen in Caustic soda to make it supple etc after 20 mins it was still rock solid so i banged it in the microwave for 20 seconds....perfect...

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