2021 January 8
Two snouts in today’s offerings! A snout mite by Ian Cooper, and a snout moth by Jochen Möhr. And yes, they both have snouts. Ian’s spiders are a bit difficult to be sure about to the exact species – the Family Linyphiidae is a huge Family with thousands of species of small spiders, which have not by any means all been sorted out. Perhaps better to leave them as Linyphiidae.
A snout mite (Bdellidae) and a spider (probably Linyphiidae) Ian Cooper
Snout moth Hypena californica (Lep.: Erebidae – Hypeninae)
Probably Linyphiidae Ian Cooper
Probably Agelenidae Ian Cooper
An interesting photograph of a winter moth from Jochen Möhr. I agree with Jochen that it is probably Operophtera occidentalis – the middle terminal cell is slightly darker that the adjacent cells, and this is especially evident when viewed from a distance. But it is the hindwings that are interesting. One rarely gets to see the hindwings of Operophtera, and I don’t believe that O. brumata has any markings like this.
Is this perhaps a way of distinguishing between the two species?
Operophtera occidentalis (Lep.: Geometridae) Jochen Möhr