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Adela sp.

Observed: 7th June 2013 By: Urban NatureUrban Nature’s reputation in InvertebratesUrban Nature’s reputation in InvertebratesUrban Nature’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Not sure if this is A.cuprella or A.rufimitrella. Found in an area with plenty of Sallow which would suggest A.cuprella. If someone could put a definitive name to this, that will be great, thanks.

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Urban Nature's picture

Thanks. I certainly wouldn't

Thanks. I certainly wouldn't say this was on the ground - it was on an Ox-eye Daisy, which itself was on an embankment so it was a good 10-12ft in off the ground - meaning it wasn't too far off the tops of the Sallows near by.

I have seen other 'tree dwelling' species much lower than they should be so to base an observation on it's altitude is something I'd be wary about!

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There was also no Cuckoo

There was also no Cuckoo Flower or Garlic Mustard about.

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Adela

It's a fair point but I'd stick with my ID. Although I've not seen cuprella, I would say the colour on the wings it not quite right. A. cuprella is somehow more metallic.

And although some tree species do come down, this species is particularly notorious for it. It feeds on Sallow Catkins - also where it mates and lays eggs so they never have need to leave the tree tops.

It's also too late for A. cuprella, sallows no longer have flowering catkins, not here anyway.

Best wishes,

Douglas

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Thanks. There are some very

Thanks. There are some very similar pics of cuprella on the net. I think the lighting has played a big part in my pic looking less metallic - it certainly was metallic to the naked eye.

The Sallow catkins have only just turned up here and everything is a good 3-4 weeks behind I would say based on other sightings I have made.

I guess it may be circumstantial and slightly obscuring my thought process that factors point to A.cuprella, when that is a very rare species in my County.

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Adela

There may be some similar pics on the net but there will be even more similar pics if you look up Adela rufimitrella!

Looking at phenologies the moth is seldom caught in May, never mind June. It's mainly a March and April species.

As the moth is scarce in your county, I would suggest sending the image to your county moth recorder. Although I'm fairly sure they'll tell you it's not cuprella.

Best wishes,

Douglas