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Friday, 7 June 2013


Micropterix calthella

Micropterix aureatella

Micro moths can be swines to identify and often I've discovered it's impossible to put a name to some species. However with the publication last years of Micro Moths of Great Britain and Ireland these moths are now little more accessible to a jobbing naturalist. 

The two species photographed above are relatively widespread. The first M.calthella can be easily located in abundance on flowering buttercup and have been recorded at Llantarnam Ponds and Blaeserchan recently. The second  M.aureatella is frequently found on bilberry and was swept from the woodland understory in the Lasgarn Wood yesterday evening.

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