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Saturday, 5 October 2013

A matter of a Pinion, perhaps?

I put the larger actinic trap at the front last night, checked it before retiring and collected a moth which was resting on the lounge window.  It didn't look in very good condition (it had just been raining) but had a distinctive streamlined shape so I boxed it and put it in the fridge.  From the prominent 'shoulder pads' and dark colouring I suspect that it must be a Tawny Pinion.  I've had one before, in May 2011.  The catch in and around the trap this morning was a very meagre one, only 18 moths including 6 Silver Ys, 2 Rush Veneers (sadly no Vestals so far ) and my first Yellow-line Quaker of the year.

P.S. I counted 6 Small Copper butterflies feeding on mint flowers this morning.


  1. Looks like tawny pinion to me. Also (if you`ve still got the specimen) the dark streak down its back will have a purpley tinge to it at certain angles. A good record Chris.
    Will do my last night`s (Fri 4/10) post later...had another vestal too and 4 rush veneers...but nothing `hot` -sadly.

  2. Yes Ian, the dark streak is glossy and there's a purplish tint when I hold it up to the light.
    I will probably put the small actinic out tonight in the hope that it will remain dry, overcast and not too cold!

  3. I also agree on Tawny Pinion - a rare species in Carms. Well done!

  4. hope you're going to enter that title in the blog 'Pun of the Year' competition, Chris. Gets my vote