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Monday, 24 October 2016
The Late Show
A bit windy and a bit cool last night, so very few moths were in the MV trap in the alder grove this morning. So there's absolutely no reason why it's now after 6 p.m. and I've only just started this post! And is it worth posting? Only seven moths of four species showed: November Moth agg. x 2, Green-brindled Crescent, Flounced Chestnut x 3 and the one illustrated below:
Dark Chestnut ?
I think it's quite important to get this one right, for although the literature classes both this species and the Chestnut as common, the Carms data seems to suggest that the Chestnut is about 10 times more abundant than the Dark Chestnut in our county. The moth was very shiny, shiny - this is said to be an attribute of the species and not of the Chestnut. The termen seems to be ever so slightly incurved just before the apex, which may be diagnostic. I have a record for Dark Chestnut from 2010, but without any way of verifying this. Your comments would be much appreciated.