Saturday, 31 March 2012

A new micromoth

Danny Arnold, West Midlands moth expert, was here last week and, as usual on his regular visits, ran a moth trap while staying at Kilchoman. He caught this micromoth, rejoicing in the name Rhigognostis annulatella. It's about 18 mm long (not including the antennae) and doesn't have a vernacular name. It is only found close to the coast, e.g. in south-west England, north Wales and west and north-east Scotland. This appears not only to be the first record for Islay but also for the vice-county 102, which includes Jura and Colonsay.

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