Monday, 19 May 2014

Llansteffan moths

I haven't trapped in a fortnight as I have been away, so the first chance I got on coming home was 17th May.  This moth has me stumped, any help would be appreciated, Thanks.
In the trap also Brimstone, Poplar hawk-moth, Common Pug, Clouded-bordered Brindle, Silver-ground Carpet, Pebble Prominent, Sandy Carpet, Lychnis, Common Wave, Clouded Border & Brown Silver-line.

10 comments:

  1. What size is it Melanie? eg name any `moth x`

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  2. Could it be Dingy Shears? It looks a bit odd though, as it lacks the dark marks on the outer cross band which are usually present in this species.

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  3. Looks like Rustic Shoulder-knot to me though not 100%

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  4. Rustic shoulder-knots should be banned!

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  5. That was my first thought too Barry, but I thought the stigmata looked more like Dingy Shears. Not at all sure though!

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  6. Thanks Ian, GMT & Barry for comments, it was the size approx of a Common Rustic, I thought Dingy Shears but not quite right!

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  7. Measured where it was sitting in the box and approximate again up to 20mm

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  8. I also pondered Rustic Shoulder-knot but am going to throw Barrett's Marbled Coronet into the mix, in part because it's a species I've only seen once and don't really know the ID features of. It's pretty similar to the less contrasty individual in Skinner... I can't really see it being Dingy Shears I'm afraid. I am not (yet) claiming it to be a Barrett's but give that Mel is trapping on a rocky coast and it is nearly June it would be nice to know that we aren't missing something good.

    It's a shame the moth is positioned over the final bit of "Country of Origin" on the top photo: if that said Pembrokeshire we could get excited :-)

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  9. and having said all that about BMC, I'm now going to back Barry's view that it's a Rustic Shoulder-knot!

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  10. Lol I was just getting excited

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