Yesterday, looking closely at the speedwell flower-heads in search of longhorn moths, Olivia spotted a tiny flash of gold. I managed to get a photograph and reckoned it might be good enough for identification. The image wasn't sharp enough when I looked at it on the computer so I dashed back and tried again. The moth had gone - but a similar moth was perching on a leaf close by and seemed almost like a tiny guardian of the leaf. The photograph this time (see above) was much sharper and showed a moth most certainly of the same shape and sheen, but with two clear white stripes and a white dot on the wings. This surely must be Micropterix aruncella.
The tiny leaf-guardian, picking up who-knows-what information on those cocked and alert antennae, is species 406.
Charlie Fletcher tells me that the other image is either a female aruncella or a calthella but it is not possible to say which from that particular photograph.
|Goat's Beard (Spiraea aruncus)|
|Common Liverwort (Marchantia polymorpha)|