Friday, 15 February 2013

Petite Wave (Scopula minorata) - A new species for Britain.

I found this moth on Feb.15th this year inside the outer leaves of a cabbage I was dressing which had been imported from Spain. It’s pretty small with a forewing of just 9mm and it was barely alive as it crash landed on to my draining board and in to a small pool of water. Thinking it was something "good" I immediately photographed it in situ (top photo) before potting it up and popping it in the freezer.The next day the light was much better allowing the photo below to be taken. I have since sent it off to Harry Beaumont for a more in-depth look and he has identified it as a male Scopula minorata, a species not recorded before in the UK. It will of course go down as an accidental import and not on to the main list but exciting none the less!



10 comments:

charlie streets said...

It looks like a tiny, buffish Small Fan-footed Wave in good light.

AndyC said...

looks like a small dotted border.??

charlie streets said...

Hi Andy, this thing is TINY in comparison. It almost fits on my little finger nail!

charlie streets said...

I think it may be something good, if anyone wants to see it before it goes off dissection drop my a line.

Winston said...

I eagerly await identification Charlie. Win

Alison said...

Well done, Charlie on your amazing find and recognising it was unique and getting a first record, Cheers :D

AndyC said...

Great record non the less,there is a large display of imported moths in the manchester muesum,most from around the ship canal area..

brian leecy said...

Still, an AMAZING record all the same.

charlie streets said...

Harry now has the "Petite Wave" and will be taking it to the YNU meeting at Bramham on Mar.10th.

AndyC said...

A good indicator of the world we live in , we import so much stuff its amazing we dont get more...its even a rare import...nice record