|Tiger Cranefly Nephrotoma flavescens|
Back to the moths themselves, and this Barred Straw Gandaritis pyraliata was the first of the season. This is a curious-looking moth with its strange posture, and is associated with bedstraws (Galium sp).
|Barred Straw Gandaritis pyraliata|
There were a couple of grey looking micromoths which got me very excited, if not anyone else. Anarsia spartiella is a species that I have only recorded on a couple of occasions, and is generally a little recorded species. This may be a grey species, but I have a soft spot for the subtle makings and wonderful labial palps. The larva spin the shoots of gorse (Ulex) and broom (Cytisus).
The other grey looking moth was another that looks beautiful in my eyes when you appreciate the subtle markings and the character of the species. This is a first record for the garden of Neofaculta ericetella, which lays its eggs on heather (Caluna).