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Unknown Beastie

Observed: 24th April 2011 By: jccurdjccurd’s reputation in Invertebratesjccurd’s reputation in Invertebratesjccurd’s reputation in Invertebratesjccurd’s reputation in Invertebrates
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We've been seeing these beasties all over the place this weekend. These photos are from two separate days in two locations. They can look quite bronze-coloured. I don't know where to look but the antennae look distinctively long. We saw them on the Chiltern Hills yesterday, and in our back garden, but I picked the second location 'cos they were swarming around Sandhouse Lane today.
What on earth are they?

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jccurd's picture

Many Thanks

I've got three books containing moths but none have this, so I'm indebted to you. Townsend/Waring/Lewington doesn't have it but then, it seems to be classed as a micro moth and that publication doesn't do micro moths. [Sigh!]

Nature girl's picture

Micro moths

I have the same moth guide; it's a shame the micro moths aren't included. I found your "beastie" in Michael Chinery's insect guide (or a similar species at least). It would be good to have a micro moth guide as they are very interesting little creatures (well I say "little" but some are actually bigger that the macro ones, which surprised me when I found out the other week!). Anyway, does anyone know any good micro moth guides?

JamieDunning's picture

I feel I should step in with

I feel I should step in with a recommendation!
If you have an Iphone, Ipad or Ipod touch, there is an app available that collates all information from various sources including UK moths, which also lists all micros.

- Jamie

jccurd's picture

There's an App for that

Thanks Jamie. If there's an App that would stop me laundering my simplistic mobile phone by leaving it in the pocket of my cargo trousers, I'd really be interested. For some reason they don't seem to survive a dose of Persil Small and Mighty at 40C! :D

JamieDunning's picture

Haha, I should add then that

Haha, I should add then that despite having an Iphone with this brilliant app I can never use it because the phone breaks so often.
so yeah theres a FSC leaflet ;)

- Jamie

Wildpad's picture

micro moth

I saw and photographed some of these today too! Was going to add to ispot for ID so thank you for all ID's. It has helped me
too!
They are also identified in the 'Guide to Day-flying moth of Britain' - a leaflet produced by FSC - Field Studies Council.

Nature girl's picture

Thanks for the advice :)

Thanks for the advice :)