Thursday, 6 September 2018

Is this a Small Dusty Wave?

As I inspected the trap last night, a tiny pug on the shed door attracted my attention.
When I closely examined it this morning it looked like a wave. In terms of size and appearance this looks like Small Dusty Wave, but it's not in my template or Carms moth list.

10 comments:

  1. Looks spot on for Small Dusty, Adam, your image shows the markings very clearly and it's difficult to see what else it might be. As you say, the species is not on the recording template nor is it on Sam's 2016 list, looks as though you might have another County first. If so, congratulations!

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  2. Good grief! Let's see. It's still in my fridge waiting for a better photo opportunity.

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  3. Perhaps you could add a measuring device to a future photo Adam. The literature gives DW a 'common' rating but interestingly the map in Chris Manley's book suggests that it doesn't come this far west. It will be interesting to hear if the species occurs in Gwent, Sam may give us the answer to that

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  4. I'll give that a go tomorrow, it was smaller than your average pug and slightly smaller than the illustration in the book.

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  5. Blinking heck! - I`m only now seeing this, Adam - really well done and a fantastic record. Looking at the Moths of Glamorgan book it`s known to occur quite regularly in the Cardiff area but also with a record along the coast at/near Porthcawl - there may be more that post-date the records in the book too. You`re making a name for yourself re good records at Burry Port!

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  6. Well done Adam - yes, it's a great county first. Small Dusty Wave arrived at Dingestow about 4 years ago but is now pretty frequent here. It seems to be spreading gradually north-westwards.

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  7. This is interesting, I was sent a photo of a probable Small Dusty Wave from Swansea recently, but it was hard to be sure from the photo that it wasn't Mullein Wave. This sighting makes it much more likely it was SDW.

    It has been very numerous in my Cardiff garden this year, more so than normal. I guess it may retreat eastwards again when we next have a wet summer, but who knows.

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