Sunday, 13 July 2014

caloptilia elongella? further pic

Dave thought he might be able to id this without it's leg in the way - I found another pic which might help - along with the original.

Mark Griffiths, Garsington, Oxford.


  1. I'm afraid that doesn't help, Mark - if anything the leg is now obscuring more of the costa!

  2. ok, maybe another will turn up and I'll get a clearer pic. thanks!

  3. To me, this looks more like rufipennella, with what looks like dark chocolate brown fore legs with white marks rather than elongella/betulicola, but not easy to tell from the photos.

    I didn't think that elongella/betulicola were reliably separable without dissection (unless reared, as the foodplants are different), or is there a distinguishing feature that I am not aware of?

  4. Some clever soul has recently made separation via dissection much easier:


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