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Tuesday, 20 May 2014
The Moths that Braved the Rain
There were quite a few of them about last night, which was not too surprising in view of the mild damp conditions. The south-easterly wind allowed me to put two traps out in sheltered places, and they attracted 25 species, about 50 individuals. First arrivals of Poplar Hawk, Green Carpet and Foxglove Pug. Worthy reappearances of Puss Moth, Oak Hook-tip and, dare I suggest, Tawny Pinion - the photos below show, hopefully, the trade-mark dark dorsal crest and forewing bar, albeit that the moth was paler overall than the others I have seen. The catch included the two micros shown below, which look to me like Scoparia ambigualis (have I got it right this time?) and Mompha raschkiella, but once again I'm willing to stand corrected.
Tawny Pinion? - two views
another view of today's moth...
and (below) a Pale Pinion caught on 31.05.13 for comparison
Posted by Chris Handoll