Am struggling with this one. Think it might be Dioryctia abietella .. which would only be third garden record. Moth was taken on Mon 6 August and is still in the fridge just in case!
Hi Paul , Looks like A. oblitella to me. regards Allan
Thanks Allan. Did say I was struggling. A species I’ve only knowingly seen twice before, in 2008 and then, perhaps more embarrasingly, just a week or so before when visiting the Bawdsey traps with Matthew. Perhaps I should have paid more attention! Still, am not complaining as new to the garden and possibly new to VC26 West Suffolk
Ancylosis oblitella has become very common recently. Whilst supposedly once restricted to the coast it is not surprising you might find it. There is a big size difference between it and Dioryctria species. The second brood seems to be most prolific.
The moth is having a very good year on the coast according to the recorders I have spoken to who trap there. I’ve had a few at my site 10 miles inland too, only about 3 records before this year. Another moth wandering around in the hot weather this summer. Good record, could well be the first West Suffolk record.
Thanks for additonal info. Unofficially, it becomes species no. 678 for the garden.
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