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Aug 15, 2012 4:47 PM

Here are some of the moths I caught last night that I couldn't work out!!

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  • Hi Biff,


    The first photo has two Copper Underwing Species in it, there are two moths that are almost identical and very very hard to tell apart, one is Copper Underwing

    (Amphipyra pyramidea) the other is Svensson's Copper Underwing (Amphipyra berbera).  There is lots of information about how to tell them apart, but I've been doing this for years and I don't think I could do it.  The only sure way to ID is to disect the moths, something I and alot of casual moth'ers don't do.  Best thing is to call that Amphipyra sp.


    Your second photo is a micro moth often referred to as a Mint Moth, there are two very similar so best I can say is Pyrausta spP. aurata being the more common of them.


    Your third photo is of a Caddisfly, Limnephilus rhombicus I think, is hard to tell from this photo.  You'll get lots of these and other Caddisflies at your trap but they are not moths, although pre-historically they are related.


    The last photo is a bit harder, sometimes you need closer photos to get a proper ID but the little whitish looking one on the side is probably a Marbled Beauty (Cryphia domestica). The yellow/buff looking one is likely a Buff Ermine (Spilosoma luteum). 

    Looking at the photo the right most brown one with white spots is a Common Rustic (Mesapamea secalis), another species that requires close inspection so for recording purposes you'd call it a Mesapamea sp. or Lesser Common/Common Rustic.

    The brownish one on the far left can't be seen enough to ID, a complete guess would be possibly a Flounced Rustic so have a look and see what you think the top brown one maybe another Flouced or could be a Heart and Dart, its just not good enough photos to be sure.


    Until you get a good book, UKMoths is a good place to help with ID, also HantsMoths although its for Hamphsire moths has a great 'Flying Tonite' on the front page and will help loads with ID for common moths.

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