|The Uncertain (Hoplodrina alsines) ready to take flight|
**This post has undergone significant edits after a reader brought to our attention that the photographs above looked likeThe Uncertain (Hoplodrina alsines). Before his email, we identified the moth as a new species, the Mottled Rustic. So, for this day, the count is down to 188 species. The subsequent posts are also slightly altered to make up for the change in number of species.
a type of grey Cnephasia
We could have three more new species, but I still await feedback to be sure. One looks like a grey Cnephasia species, but these are tricky to identify because you must dissect their genitalia to be sure. As you know, we don’t kill our moths, so if it is indeed a Cnephasia, we will not be able to narrow it down any further.
To the left is another micromoth from today which we hope Dr. Chesmore will be able to help us identify.