Friday, 14 May 2010

Epiblema cynosbatella, Powdered Quaker? & L.Y.U.

Epiblema cynosbatella

Powdered Quaker

It stayed a bit warmer than last night(7c at 3am) but still not many moths around, I got what I think is a Plum Tortix but it could be Marbled Orchard Tortix so please correct me if I'm wrong(Dean has now pointed out that it's neither of those species, it is in fact a Epiblema cynosbatella...thanks Dean). Also turning up to make a nuisance of itself was the first Large Yellow Underwing of the year which did the usual LYU thing and bashed about in the trap for about 35 minutes till it finally ran out of energy....I'm so looking forward to those summer evenings when there are 30+ of the little blighters in the trap each night......NOT!. I also got what I'm hoping is a Powdered Quaker, it was certainly a lot paler than the Common Quakers but as I've never seen a P.Q. I'm not sure.
 The trap was out from 9:25pm till 3:30am

1 Grey/Dark Dagger
1 Shuttle Shaped Dart
1 Common Pug
1 Scalloped Hazel(much smaller than last nights!)
1 Epiblema cynosbatella(NFG)(ID thanks Dean)
1 Powdered Quaker?(NFG)
1 Large Yellow Underwing(NFY)


  1. In, your Plum Tortrix is actually Epiblema cynosbatella.

  2. Thanks Dean, you're right(of course)'s difficult enough trying to ID plain looking moths but as this one is quite unusual I thought it might be easier to would think mother nature would give us a break occasionally and not make so many similar species'.

  3. Yes thats a Powdered Quaker, I've had quite a lot in the garden this year... Nice moths a lot bigger than Common Quakers...