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    Duck ID (Cumbria, UK)

    Many thanks paddyluke and Welsh Peregrine - a Goldeneye-Smew hybrid looks like a good bet! eg:
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    Duck ID (Cumbria, UK)

    Hello I took these distant shots of a duck in a pond near Longtown yesterday. The closest match I can find is Goldeneye (there were several some distance away) but there are too many differences. Perhaps it's a hybrid of some sort? Thanks Paul
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    Fungi on tree trunk ID (Cumbria, UK)

    Thanks for that!
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    Fungi on tree trunk ID (Cumbria, UK)

    Thanks for the suggestion re the tree, Pete. The trunk certainly looks to be a better match for Norway Maple - at least from the sketches shown in my Spotter's Guide to Trees! However, I should have mentioned that it was only about 20cm wide and so it was not a mature specimen. What I should...
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    Fungi on tree trunk ID (Cumbria, UK)

    Hello These small toadstools were found on the trunk of a moss-covered tree (upstanding) in some mixed woodland yesterday. In case it's relevant, I've also added a photo of one of the few remaining leaves (which looks like a sycamore to me) and also a section of the tree trunk (which looks...
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    Phiaris sp? (Cumbria)

    Just to draw a line under this one, the P. palustrana records (Photos 4 and 5) were accepted by the County Moth Recorder, but there was some doubt about the Phiaris micanas (Photos 1 - 3), which were rejected.
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    Phiaris sp? (Cumbria)

    Hello Moths 1 - 4 were all found yesterday in an area of rough grassland (very damp in winter) at Orton Moss near Carlisle. Moth 5 was found 3 days ago in a small woodland clearing, boggy in places (even now), near Brampton. Moths 1 and 3 were measured (from photos taken with a calibrated...
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    All Bactra species? (Cumbria, UK)

    Thanks, Rubia. I'd been pinning my hopes on the third one, as I thought it might either be from a different genus, or that it was perhaps distinctive enough to be indicative of a particular Bactra species. However, I now doubt that either of these things are true, and so I'll just concede...
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    All Bactra species? (Cumbria, UK)

    Hello These three micros were all found at Orton Moss to the south of Carlisle yesterday no more than 10m apart. They were all in a woodland glade in an area that's very boggy for at least 6 months of the year. For what it's worth, my best estimate lengths (from palp tip to wing tip) were...
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    Gelechiidae (??) ID (Cumbria, UK)

    Many thanks for that, Rose! It doesn't look much like the Blastobasis lacticolella image shown in my field guide, but I'm sure you're right! Regards Paul
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    Gelechiidae (??) ID (Cumbria, UK)

    Hello I found this micro yesterday on open grassland. It seems to be similar in form (including palps) to some of the Gelechiidae in my field guide, but I can't find a plausible match. It was 10-11mm long. I'm not holding out much hope for an ID down to species level, but just to have the...
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    Micro ID (Cumbria, UK)

    Just to let you know rosaria, the record was - eventually - accepted! Paul
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    Tortrix ID (Cumbria, UK)

    Thanks for that, Andy. Despite the fact that Epiblema scutulana is the right size and has the right flight period I'd dismissed this one (and other similar species) because there didn't seem to be an obvious tuft behind the head. However, I've had a look through other shots I took from...
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    Elachista albifrontella? (Cumbria, UK)

    Having looked at other sources, I now think that Elachista luticomella is a much better bet: https://www.hlasek.com/elachista_luticomella_cj9320s.html Although this isn't illustrated in S&P, it is mentioned in the text for E. albifrontella and so I should have picked up on it earlier!
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    Elachista albifrontella? (Cumbria, UK)

    Hello This specimen was found on low vegetation in a large area of rough grassland at the woodland edge in Carlisle yesterday. It was measured at just over 5mm in length, with FL estimated at just under 4.5mm. Elachista albifrontella seems like a decent match from the image shown in Stirling...
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