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Old Friday 28th July 2006, 07:38   #1
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Moths last night

As well as a 2 Small Magpies, > 10 Silver Y's, 1 Angle Shades and The Snout I had the following moths:-

I believe the first is a Marbled Green.
The second I thought was a kind of rustic but now I'm not sure.
The third is a hopefully a Riband Wave.
The last I have no idea of I'm afraid.

Any thoughts on the second and fourth photos would be greatly appreciated.

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Old Friday 28th July 2006, 07:49   #2
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I'd leave the second as a Common Rustic agg. and the last one is Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis.
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I'd leave the second as a Common Rustic agg. and the last one is Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis.

Thank you for the ID's Brian. The size of the Mother of Pearl got me looking through my Waring & Townsend, but I see now it is a micro hence my failure to find it! How many more large micro species are there to confuse me?

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A lotof the pyralidas are quite big and certainly bigger than a lot of macros. Try Large Tabby for example.
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Old Friday 28th July 2006, 08:11   #5
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Brian,

I have just checked on Amazon and have seen the following book:-

British Pyralid Moths: A Guide to Their Identification (Hardcover) by Barry Goater

Is this a worthwhile book to purchase?


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A lotof the pyralidas are quite big and certainly bigger than a lot of macros. Try Large Tabby for example.
... and don't forget that some macros are smaller than the larger micros.
rosy marbled and small yellow underwing spring to mind.
Oak nycteoline could be taken as a micro, too.
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Oh, yes. It's a relatively small group of moths but there are some beauties and the book will certainly help your appreciation of them. Some of the distribution info might be getting out of date now but that hardly matters.
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Agreed Ken. Round-winged Muslin and Short-cloaked Moth spring to mind (half the size of some Large Tabbies).
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