Tuesday, 1 March 2011
Mystery Moth. Help Required...and not just for me.
Right, first of all, an explanation.
Walking along the road near home at dusk this small moth flew close by me. It looked like a pug in size and jizz, so I reached out and caught it by hand and carefully put it in my coat pocket. Back home, I removed the jacket and unzipped the side pocket and there it was ready to fly off. Gently, I potted it up, and as the light was going fast went for the camera to get a shot. The moth was, as usual, tapped out onto the slate to be positioned for best light.
Except for a school boy error. I put the pot down on top of it! Bugger.
So, er, apologies for my cack-handedness, I will do better in future.
Anyway, the photo is properly crap as by now the light had all but gone leaving me with a blurred, dead semi-flattened moth of an unknown species.
Is it, do you think, 461 Ypsolopha ustella ? Its wing span is about 17 - 18mm.