I’ve not seen any moth species in Ontario in January before, but with the warm weather we had recently I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised that this little guy was fluttering around the porch light on Sunday night. Trouble is what is it! Well, obviously it’s an Acleris of some sort, but which one? There are many species of Acleris in Ontario. They are small Tortrix moths, some of which over-winter as adults. Many are polymorphic and are rather plastic in appearance, thus causing all kinds of trouble. The warm night obviously fooled this one into reactivation… which for a small moth in January is not a good idea as it’s bound to get really cold again! Anyway, I quickly took a couple of photos, but have only just got around to sorting it out. Trouble is I can’t sort it out! At first I thought it was going to be either semiannula or schalleriana, both of which I catch in the regular season, but it’s not a great match for either. I’ll work on it, but don’t hold your breath! If anyone out there has any ideas I’ll be happy to hear them.
A moth – in January!