Friday, 26 June 2015


Another good mothtrap session with two new species for the garden. I really liked this Agapeta hamana, a common species which utilises thistle (Carduus) as a larval foodplant.

Agapata hamana

There was also a Small Magpie Anania hortulata in the trap. I actually recorded one of these on my previous session, but failed to get a photograph. This individual was more obliging.

Small Magpie Anania hortulata

There was also this macro moth, which caused a little confusion. Identification as The Rivulet Perizoma affinitata was not that straightforward, as there is another similar species, the Small Rivulet P. alchemillata. This moth is interesting in that the wing pattern matched P. affinitata, having less projections on the white cross band, though it was in the size range of P. alchemillata at 15mm wingspan. In the end, patterns wins and this is a Rivulet which has presumably not been eatings it's weetabix.

The Rivulet Perizoma affinitata

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