Monday, 8 August 2016

08/08 WWT Llanelli


Couple of queries from last night, also some new ones in including Ear Moth, Magpie, and Marbled Beauty

The closest I could get with this plume is Stenoptilia pneumonanthes, though it's my first go with a plume so not confident!




Wondered if this was a small dotted buff?


 
Cheers

9 comments:

  1. The plume looks like dusky plume Oidaematophorus lithodactyla to me (feeds on common fleabane), though best to await more learned opinion. I`ve not seen this species, but I note that there are c 18+ Carms records. Nice one.
    I`ll look at your macro in due course.

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  2. Thanks as always Ian, I've looked it up and it certainly looks good to me! Cheers

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  3. ...(re macro)..it does appear to be small dotted buff, another nice record Rob.
    Incidentally, remember the discussion re southern wainscot recently? Go to the Glam moth blog (see link on R-hand side of our moth blogpage) and from there go to the Monmouthshire moth blog link (again on R-hand side of the Glam one). There you will see a recent post/photo showing the distinctive lines on the forehead of a southern wainscot caught in Mons.

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  4. I meant to mention that too actually in my post, I had my first southern in the trap this morning! The tip wasn't particularly hooked (but I remember you saying this can be very slight and hard to see) but a nice big "eye brow" was on show. I meant to photograph it once I'd been through the rest but must have forgotten to. A good shot on the other blog anyway.

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  5. also, out of interest, what would be the confusion species with a small dotted buff? Also, I noticed it had a "silky sheen" to it, it doesn't come out very well on the photo but Is that a known ID feature for the species? The guide didn't describe that.

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  6. Well done with the plume Rob - I agree with Ian's id, though the noctuid looks like a Small Rufous. Glad you're keeping the trapping going at the centre

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  7. Cheers for that Barry, what features were you looking at for small rufous rather than SDB? Cheers

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  8. I was actually looking at the `wainscot gang` (for another reason) in the Clnacy et al guide last night and thought that yours might be a small rufous and meant to check it but I`ve been very busy. Now that I`m looking at it, Barry is indeed correct. They are similar moths but small rufous, to my eyes, looks more `pointedly triangulate` (very unscientific!). Also your specimen has that darkish longitudinal streak in the middle section of the forewing which suggests small rufous. Sorry about the confusion Rob, and keep up the good work.

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  9. Really helpful, cheers! I'll know it for next time!

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