Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Rapid post....

Had a couple of actinics out last night (11/8). The moth shown below was in the `home trap` at Tyrwaun, Pwll, where I also had 2 four-spotted footmen and Caloptilia rufipennella (again), and this noctuid caused some discussion before it was provisionally concluded that it was just a dusky brocade. Thanks to Dave Slade for advice and comments.



6 comments:

  1. Hi Dave - thanks for commenting/advising. I`ve just checked with x10 and x20 hand lens and cannot see any hairs. I did consider a worn cabbage moth as a possibility, but this latter species is quite larger. I also considered dusky brocade (as size-wise, and as with nutmeg, the size was correct) but it`s rather late for dusky brocade. The moth has a sheen too, which led to fantasies of crescent-striped, but (apart from other things) the wing-length was too short in my moth. Incidentally, the photo makes it rather greyer than in real life - it is quite brownish in fact - if this latter fact helps. It does exactly fit a nutmeg, now that I`m looking with more care -and less rush - at it; I`ve obviously still got the placid individual in my fridge.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I meant to say (in the last sentence) that it does NOT exactly fit a nutmeg!....I must fly...

    ReplyDelete
  3. If the eyes are indeed smooth then you've ruled out Nutmeg and all the other Hadenines (including Cabbage). I'd say it is an Amphipyrinae - somewhere around the Apameas, so Dusky Brocade is a good possibility.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Thanks Dave. I`ll modify the text/photo captions to `probably dusky brocade` and ref to the comments.

    ReplyDelete