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UNKNOWN MICRO MOTH

Observed: 25th March 2010 By: foxyfoxy’s reputation in Invertebratesfoxy’s reputation in Invertebratesfoxy’s reputation in Invertebratesfoxy’s reputation in Invertebrates
MICRO MOTH 2
MICRO MOTH 2
Description:

.About 8-9mm long with very long antennae distictive pattern on wings ,came to porch light

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Rhigognostis incarnatella interacts

Comments

Martin Harvey's picture

good call

I think you're correct Robert, well done for picking that one out! Apparently quite a scarce moth, records from northern England, Scotland, Isle of Man and Ireland, but quite thinly spread. A lovely moth to see.

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RHoman's picture

Micro

Thanks Martin for the agreement. Foxy could perhaps get in touch with his local recorder - I don't think it has been recorded in his area:
http://www.mothsireland.com/micro/images/468.gif

Robert

Robert Homan

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moths ireland

Hi Robert,
I will be in contact with them in due course,we must have been typing at the same time :)

foxy.

Foxy

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Scarce moth.

Hi all,
I have found several of these at both my porch lights over the last few nights,as you say an unusual looking but quite lovely moth ,can anyone tell me what the small pojections on the legs or lower body is or what for ?

foxy.

Foxy

Martin Harvey's picture

tibial spurs

Do you mean the small spurs on the legs? If so, I can tell you that they're called "tibial spurs", but I can't find a definitive answer as to what they are for. I have read something about them being used for additional stability when crawling, e.g. among grass blades, which sounds sensible enough, but I don't know if that is the full explanation. Not all moths have them, but when they do the most frequent pattern is to have none on the front legs, one pair of spurs on the tibiae of the middle legs, and two pairs on the tibiae of the hind legs.

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