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For ID [b]

Observed: 1st May 2012 By: ranon.2011ranon.2011’s reputation in Invertebratesranon.2011’s reputation in Invertebratesranon.2011’s reputation in Invertebratesranon.2011’s reputation in Invertebratesranon.2011’s reputation in Invertebrates
01.05.2012 For ID [b] (7)
01.05.2012 For ID [b] (12)
Description:

Body, black and hairy, about 10 - 12 mm long with shiny metallic gold wings and very long antenna. On Privet.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Long-horned Moth (Adela reaumurella) interacts

Comments

Douglas's picture

Names

Chris,

It's a little confusing adding a common name here, there are one or two others that sometimes have 'Long horn' - I think this is sometimes known as the 'Green Long-horn' - but this is seldom used. Long-horns are better know as moths from the Nemophora genus in my experience.

It's best to generally steer well clear of common names for micros unless they are very well used (i.e. Small Magpie or Mother of Pearl) otherwise it gets very confusing if someone tries to find the moth by common name and it isn't well used.

Although that's just my opinion on the matter of course! :-)

Best wishes,

Douglas

chrisbrooks's picture

Names

Hi Douglas, I have taken what you have said on board and probably agree; however I do like to add a common name where possible as I think it looks better than an obscure scientific name and it is a Long-horned Moth. Regards Chris.

Douglas's picture

Yep, I totally see your

Yep, I totally see your point, scientific names can be very isolating for people who are just beginning. Although I always use scientific names, even for macros at home, when at public events I'll always make sure I use a common names where possible. (I've always preferred scientific names, sound much more imaginative!)

It's the issue with micros, unfortunately the suggested common names never took off, nor ever will, I don't think. As more experience moth-ers wouldn't want to learn a whole new set of names.

Best wishes,

Douglas

ranon.2011's picture

For me, a common name is the

For me, a common name is the first means of identifying most things and easier to remember at first. As 'new' examples come in, it becomes easier to align the common name with a scientific name. However, I do agree that in some cases, there are too many 'local' common names and the only reasonable identification is by using the scientific name.