Thursday night was once again pretty successful when it comes to capturing moths without a proper trap. My open study window delivered the goods with another two species to add to my burgeoning garden moth list. Unlike the Ruby Tiger Moth from earlier in the week these new arrivals are a bit harder to pin down to a particular species, hence my rather vague title. The first I am almost sure is a Dingy Footman going by wing shape and colouring. The individual below is the yellow form of this species, E. griseola f. stramineola. Interstingly I also spotted one of the standard forms in the house but it expired before I could free it.
The second moth is a little bit more tricky. I believe it to be one of the Wainscot’s but have thus far been unable to tie it down to an exact spices. Has anyone got any ideas?
I am rapidly realising that moth identification is far from easy given the sheer number of species and minimal variations between many of them. As a result it is highly likely that I am going to get the namings wrong from time to time and for that apologise. I sense that a couple of new books will soon be on order.