Sunday, 25 June 2017

An exciting find in my trap in Blackwood this morning

Whilst trawling through the contents of my two traps this morning (over 300 moths!) I came across a micro which I couldn't pin down an ID on. I initially thought that it might be a worn Acrobasis advenella, and sought confirmation on the UK Micro Moth Identification page on Facebook where upon an experienced moth-er suggested that it could be Pempelia palumbella a new moth for me, and on looking up in the Glamorgan Atlas it appears that it is not very common so I sent a photograph attached to an email to our recorder Sam.

He came back confirming the identification as Pampelia palumbella and that it is a 1st record of this species in Gwent!!!


3 comments:

  1. It's very nice to get this species new for VC35. It feeds on heather and milkwort on heaths, and is scattered in Glamorgan, so semi-predictable but very nice!!

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  2. Well done Kevin, well observed given you had around 300 moths to look through, another new species to the Vice County. I can understand why you went for Acrobasis initially as I get them here.

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  3. Thanks Nick - yes it does have a similar posture to an Acrobasis, and just proves that having a second look can have dividends on occasion.

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