Two small moths

17 species in my Fairlight garden moth trap yesterday, the largest being a Poplar Hawk. Much smaller was this Chinese Character [named because of the faint white mark in the centre of the wing], a classic bird-dropping mimic I get most years.

So small I almost didn’t  see it at all was this beautiful micr0-moth, one of many Caloptilia species which rest in this distinctive head-up position [another group, Argyresthia sp, do the opposite, resting with their bodies angled downwards.]. Thanks to the new micro-moth book we can have a go at naming these tiny insects, this one is either Caloptilia robustella or C. alchimiella, examination of the genitalia is advised to determine which, not something I do. Either way it was a first for me.

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