Monday, 1 August 2016

Double Checking Wainscots!


64 macros of 32 species kept me busy this morning, my highlight was sharp angled peacock but I have a couple of queries on wainscots that I was struggling with. Any help would be very appreciated. All caught at WWT Llanelli.

 
Southern Wainscot?


 
???

 
Small Wainscot?

 
Small Wainscot?

 
Sharp Angled Peacock, my second ever, a smart moth!
 
Cheers

4 comments:

  1. Small wainscot - yes. Re your larger wainscot. On balance, I`d say smoky but your photos are not really helpful as an easy i/d feature of southern is a faint `double band` on the forehead of the moth, seen be looking at the moth from the front or side. Another southern feature is that it has pointed wing tips (one of those relative features that can be difficult, with imagination taking you in both directions). The first photo has the wing tip/s bent out of sight but the better second photo does n`t quite look pointy enough. So a smoky wainscot I suggest - I may be wrong, but it`s much easier with the specimen in front of you, rather than a pic! You should have southerns at WWT - next time check the forehead for stress-free i/d.

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  2. Ah I wish I had looked and photographed that! I know for next time. Cheers

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  3. You`re doing well, Rob - don`t worry!

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  4. ??? looks like a Smoky to me, but the other ones (assuming they are different individuals) could well be Southern. It's best not to record it, though, and to wait for another where you can check Ian's forehead feature.

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