Monday, 28 May 2018

Elegia similella

This small pyralid came to the garden light at Norchard, Worcs this morning. Hopefully I have identified it correctly as Elegia similella. Formerly Microthrix similella, the small thickening at the base of the antenna suggests this is a male. Not sure of its status in the county,but said to be an occasional migrant. Silver Y and three Diamondback moths were also present. A few, first for year, included a Large Yellow Underwing.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Mike,
    You have done it again - What is it about Norchard that attracts the migrants?
    I mentioned your post to Tony earlier today and he will likely be in contact. If you still have the moth, hang on to it. From photos it does look like Elegia similella to me, but Tony mentioned a close relative that is a possible confusion species and known to migrate. Either one would be new for the county - so congratulations!


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