A small moth with a forewing of 9mm. Found inside a cabbage imported from Spain.
No interactions present.
Dotted Border maybe? But I don't remember the two black spots on it
Hi Graham, it was way,way smaller than Dotted Border practically tort sized - and also possibly from Spain! It's certainly got me baffled.
Understandably so. I'm stumped too. I'll see if my friend at Butterfly Conservation Has a clue
It looks like a tiny, buffish Small Fan-footed Wave in good light.
perhaps a Dwarf Cream Wave (Idaea fuscovenosa)?
Hi PP,I think we are in the right ball park here but IF it is imported from Spain then maybe we need to consider species not yet recorded in the UK as well?
It will be going for a gen det shortly unless somebody comes up with a stroke of genius!
Indeed! I've trawled the internet for a while trying to find some common Spanish moths but to no avail...
I asked Martin Corley to look at this, who knows Spanish and Portuguese moths well, and his response is:
"Well it's an Idaea, but which one is not immediately obvious. There are something like 90 species in Spain, and although many are distinctive, there are many more that are not. I guess it should be fairly easy to do with genitalia, if the specimens has been kept."
So I think we're going to have to wait for the dissection results. I'm almost glad we don't have 90 species in this genus in the UK!
Entomologist and biological recorder
Many thanks for that Martin, much appreciated.I have retained the specimen and have just been in touch with a couple of Yorkshire moth recorders to see what they suggest.If that comes to naught I may be coming back to you and the other Martin for help :-)
I am dead set on finding the indentity of this one!
I've since sent it off for dissection and have just heard back that it is a male Scopula minorata,the first record for Britian, although of course it will go down as an accidental import and will not be accepted on to the main list. Exciting none the less!
Certainly is exciting! Well done for pursuing it to a conclusion. Do you want to add the name as an identification (with credit to whoever dissected it)?
I've updated the identification and given credit to Harry.
Lat/Lng: 53.727, -1.8575
OS grid ref: SE094256