It didn't take long to find Epinotia fraternana flying around the Nordmann Fir, including some stunningly patterned specimens, and it quickly became apparent that this was the most common moth in the plantation (even outnumbering the xylostella!).
Also present in large numbers around the Nordmann Fir was a much daintier Epinotia that I was struggling to pin down. Most individuals were worn or poorly marked, but every now and again I'd net a fresh individual that showed off a patch of light brown scales towards the termen, and a well developed ocellus reminiscent of Epinotia subsequana. The latter feature would seemingly eliminate E. pygmaeana, and the lack of a prominent white dorsal patch (as well as a lack of any Scots Pine) would take E. rubiginosana out of the equation. E. subsequana is a rare species across the UK, and I have several specimens ready to be dissected (I'm not taking any chances after letting that Lampronia catch me out!). Are there any previous Worcestershire records? As always, I'd be grateful for any opinions or comments given the lack of internet-based resources covering this species.
|(Putative) Epinotia subsequana|