|Dicrorampha sequana, looking like a mating pair. Herts extinct from 1966 until yesterday!|
Edit: 2 micro moth species taken have now been identified. Firstly Dicrorampha petiverella, a common and expected garssland micro. Secondly, much more stunning; Dicrorampha sequana, a moth declared extinct in Herts, having not been seen since 1966. A superb find.
Thanks to Graeme Smith for the all important dissection to prove this was indeed the correct identification.
Of note, plenty of swallows an overhead great spotted woodpecker, with young calling from a nearby nest and a hobby over the golf course. First for the parish this year.
|Anthophila fabricana: nettle tap moth|
|Details from Book of Hertfordshire Moths|
|D. sequana left, D. petivirella right. Note shapes of "saddle"|
|D. sequana left, D. petivirella right.|