Monday, 24 August 2009

23rd August 2009

A small noctuid found sitting on the wall by the actinic trap this morning had me very puzzled as I searched through the books and websites. The closest to a match that I could find was Tree-lichen Beauty, a moth not recorded in Huntingdonshire. I posted a picture on UKMoths and sent one to Barry Dickerson and within a few minutes had confirmation of the ID from Mark Hammond. From Waring and Townsend it would appear that this is the form calligrapha which 'has the green replaced by yellow'.

Rather overshadowed by this find was Emmetia marginea, a year first:

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