Friday, 15 May 2009

epiblema sp

Hi all,found 2 epiblema sp,14 05 09,i gather there are 3 very similar ,these were on common knapweed which might indicate cirsiana,or is it gen det the only sure way to id them.superb patterning and texture.can anyone recommend a decent sweep net for heather ?all the best bri.

5 comments:

charlie streets said...

What camera set up are you using Brian - you certainly seem to be getting the best out of it.

I think gen detting this trio is quite difficult from what I've read.The ones I've found I've always put down as aggs.

Paul Talbot..aka Moffman said...

Brian
Harry Beaumont the Yorkshire micro recorder is willing to do gen detting. You need to freeze the specimens and then send them to him in a tube with some bog roll,unused preferably ;-)) in the top to hold the moths still in the post.

You can buy sweep nets but I think Charly has made his own ?

brian leecy said...

cheers for that charlie,cameras an obsolete canon a95 5 mp job,it only focuses 5cm,so ive hacked my old pentax lens in reverse onto it via a tube and reversing ring,its faffy,im just getting to grips with it,you lose quite a bit of light,which is non existant lately in the bottom of valley !focussings getting problamatic,itl have to do till i get a new 1.people would be interested in your set up,me for 1! Paul,thanks for info,ps do you get ashworths rustic in your neck of the woods ? all the best bri.

Paul Talbot..aka Moffman said...

Brian
Ashworths Rustic is on my target list for this year. A friend and I tried leaving a trap on a local mountain last year to target this species. We tested it before we walked up and it worked fine,yes you guessed it, the bloody thing would not work when we got up the mountain :-(( I have it down to look for this year as larvae and adults and will let you know how I get on. Even if I don't find it I should get some good montain sp and learn more about their ecology.

charlie streets said...

Brian, I keep thinking of upgrading to something more modern with more mega pixels and closer focusing like 1cm. When I see photos like yours it makes me quite envious but I suppose I'm quite happy with my pics on anything down to tortrix size. It's just the phyllos and neps that frustrate me.

I use the old faithful amongst moth photographers, the Nikon coolpix 4500 with cool light attachment. Basically it's just a ring of 8 LCDs that negate the need for any other light source. Although it does screw to the camera around the lens it can be too bulky in getting close to some micros so I unscrew it and hand hold it above the moth - so in theory anyone with a camera can use it, it doesn't HAVE to be compatible,although it does help.