Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Spots before my eyes

Another great night in the garden with over 70 species in and around the trap this morning.  Plenty of new ones for the year but the highlight came in monochrome: Ethmia terminella, a lifer and in the garden, well chuffed to say the least.

Ethmia terminella?

With the amount of moths at the trap this morning this was first rapidly potted up without so much as a second glance, no doubt later to be recorded as Yponomeuta sp.

However, on removal from the fridge and then examining the images more closely something didn't quite add up: black dots along the termen, small number of large dots on the wings, dots on the thorax, grey wash to the dorsum and costa, surely this had to be E. terminella.


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