Monday, 6 April 2009

Longfield - Moths

With the nights remaining above freezing and despite the cold mornings the number of moth species on the wing is increasing. Over the weekend I managed to run the mv trap for a night and caught 6 moths of 5 species.
Early Grey

One of the odd plume moth species with the great Latin name of Platyptilia gonodactyla, certainly you'd be forgiven for thinking it was some sort of duck-billed pterodactyl. The wings of this group of moths are split into fingers, or plumes and are held out in this characteristic T shape.

Funkiest moth of the night award goes to the two male muslin moths, bad hair day or what!

Great antennae though.


Warren Baker said...

cool looking moth John!!

Greenie said...

John ,
Great close up shots - as usual .

Donald Hobern said...

I think the plume on this page is actually Amblyptilia acanthadactyla. The lobes on Platyptilia gonodactyla's forewings are broader and more rounded.