The garden MV is at its busiest during July, with high numbers of 'micro-moths' to keep me busy and push me along that steep learning curve. There is no getting away from it, micros can be difficult, and many are not identifiable unless you resort to genitalia determination, something that I am not prepared to get involved with, not on any moral grounds, just out of sheer laziness on my part. There are other species that vary in colour and patterning, so that two of the same, side by side, look anything but. The two images below are of Eudemis profundana, a common tortrix, and as you can see, are different from each other. I have other images of this species which differ further still, but will not overload you with them here. Where can you go for help?
Apart from the printed moth guides - in particular 'British Moths' by Chris Manley (third edition), I am increasingly using a few of the excellent on-line resources. One stands out from the rest, and that is the excellent Norfolk Moths which holds a wealth of information. If you type 'Eudemis profundana' into that website's search engine, this is what you get:
A brilliant resource, whether or not you are trying to identify a species outside of Norfolk. Look at the many images provided to search through, 42 just for this species alone. Bags of info - oh that each and every county had one! Those that are behind 'Norfolk Moths' deserve our congratulations. They certainly get mine.