Saturday, 25 April 2015

Identification help requested

Further to Sam`s blog below, I`d like to ask the views of others as to the i/d of the moth shown below, caught recently by Dorian Baverstock at his north Carmarthenshire home.
At first, I thought that it may be lead-coloured drab (see the antennae) but after reading an useful i/d guide re lead-coloured drab versus clouded drab, an element of confusion and doubt has entered my mind. Ideally, I hope that both Sam`s and Dorian`s moths turn out to be lead-coloured!
Incidentally, Dorian has much aspen (one of the food plants of lead-coloured drab) near his home.
Postscript: Sam subsequently dissected his moth - see his text.


On another matter, I trapped last night - but with poor results, though angle shades and buff tip were FFYs.

4 comments:

  1. That looks like Clouded Drab to me. I think one of the reasons for confusion is that people believe that male Clouded Drab has simple antennae, when actually they are slightly feathered, as shown in the photo.

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  2. Thanks George. After swotting up over the weekend, I came to the same conclusion.

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  3. Thanks George. After swotting up over the weekend, I came to the same conclusion.

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