The Longhorn family of micros are an odd-looking lot. I've often rhapsodised about antennae as the one adornment of moths not shared by humans (apart from wings, natch). But I don't think I'd really want to tackle the rush hour or go round the supermarket on Fridays with a pair like these.
Watching this particular Longhorn whizzing around the floor of the trap, apparently unwilling to take off, only added to my doubts. I am pretty sure that it is Nematapogon metaxella because of its markings.
Talking of wobbly IDs, I have built up a bit of a queue of micro-moths waiting to be named and rather than keep it to myself, I'll post it now and if any expert is passing, help would be much appreciated. Otherwise, I will gradually track them down as time allows.
|Phtheochroa rugosana (what a name...try saying it)|
|Hedya pruniana - Plum Tortrix (We have a plum tree)|
|Callisto denticulella (I think)|
|Aphelia paleana - Timothy Tortrix (I think)|
|Hofmannophila pseudospretella - Brown house-moth. A bit of a baddie as its diet includes wool, fur and even books|
|Epiphyas postvittana - Light Brown Apple moth|
Fingers crossed that they're not all wrong.