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Wednesday, 2 October 2019

A small excitement

I trapped as much as I could through this awful weather, and nothing exciting or unusual turned up, until the 29th. Amongst the 23 Black Rustic, LYUs, M du Js, assorted Quakers and Carpets was a moth I didn't recognise. I Hummed and Hahed and emailed Ian , with an 'Is this possibly a Grey Chi?' He kindly confirmed that it was and I am very pleased as there don't seem to be many Carmarthenshire records.

8 comments:

  1. Your pleasure is justified, Jane, Grey Chi is a nice record. I trapped a few in N Yorkshire before moving to Wales, and couldn't understand why there weren't any here.

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  2. Thank you Chris. It's what makes mothing such a great pleasure. We just never know what's going to be there.

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  3. This looks more like a Brindled Green that's lost its green to me. Confusingly it also has the 'distinctive' Chi mark!

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  4. Barry has a good point, Jane, the field guide description of BG draws attention to a central pale blotch adjacent to the oval, bordered with black - which might be mistaken for a 'chi' mark, particularly on a pale example like yours. Perhaps it would be a good idea to run it past Sam before recording it.

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  5. Will do, I'm sure Ian will take another look too.

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  6. Barry is right. I`ve been rather overwhelmed - to say the least - with serious non-moth hassle recently and that`s my excuse for my over-hasty incorrect confirmation.

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  7. I'll just plead that it's yet another 'senior moment'. It's not the first time that Brindled Green has been confused with another species in recent times (see my 'Marbled Coronet' on September 21st. Lesson learnt: BG is a very variable species, beware look-alikes!

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  8. Duly annotated in my note book.

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