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    Small, brown and mothy

    Thanks Rosaria. Not the first time I've been caught out by this one. But Googling around, that terminal fold and 'flat winged' appearance seem omnipresent, so hopefully I've got this species down now.
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    Small, brown and mothy

    This wee tortrix is doing my head in. I swear he even looks blurry in a 10x hand lens. He's about half a centimetre long, obscurely marked in grey-brown on brown-grey, and came to actinic light in Sussex last night. I can't even get to genus. Anyone? Please?
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    Pellet contents

    Does anyone think they might be rabbit bones? Dropped by a buzzard?
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    Pellet contents

    Thank you — I did look at that page but I couldn’t really identify these bones against the images. It’s the first time I’ve done this, though, so good to hear any and all thoughts.
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    Pellet contents

    The card they're on measures 7.5cm x 4.5cm (so a bit smaller than a business card)
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    Odd looking Plume, North Wales.

    Well I'd be bunging these pics to the county recorder, just in case.
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    Pellet contents

    Good question. It’s quite an open sort of landscape, river mouth with meadows, so I’m sure there must be tawnies about but it wouldn’t be my first thought. The only owl I’m certain hunts there is short-eared.
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    Is this Triaxomera fulvimitrella?

    Would more/better pics help, or is this one easily confused? Sorry, it isn't one I'm familiar with.
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    Pellet contents

    Is there a better forum to post under? Wasn't sure where to put this question.
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    Pellet contents

    Hello My son brought a bag of bird pellet(s) back from a camping trip in the Cuckmere valley in East Sussex, UK. From the pale grey colour, I assume they're quite old. They were apparently found in a field, some distance from the nearest obvious perch. The habitat is wet meadow. Aside from a...
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    Is this Triaxomera fulvimitrella?

    Came to actinic light in Sussex yesterday evening. FL is about 5mm.
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    Another poisoned eagle in Sussex

    I don’t, but the birds do seem to like the Arun Valley. The use of a banned substance takes away the defence of “accidental result of a lawful process” but I guess pinning it on individuals will take a bit of work. I don’t do social media but this is absolutely the sort of thing it’s made...
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    Is this a nightingale?

    Thank you! Yes I wanted to sanity-check against the song thrushes, blackcaps and the like which are common hereabouts. At the time I was pretty certain but it was such a brief encounter I kind of talked myself out of it afterwards. Hooray for smartphones!
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    Is this a nightingale?

    Briefly heard in Sussex the other morning -- and an even briefer recording. It's for the record so I'd like to be doubly sure.
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    Micro migraine: C. stigmatella or semifascia?

    Now there's a thread title to get people excited. I had this one down as Caloptilia semifascia, on the grounds that: It's the right time of year (previous VC records) We have a field maple tree in the garden Markings for this species are apparently variable. However, I would have to say...
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    Udea? No idea

    Thought this might be a Bloxworth (regular round here) but it has no nose. Has it had a hard life or is it something else entirely?
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    Uncertainty

    Thanks!
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    Hello to everybody I’m live in Texas

    It may be this one? Eumorpha vitis (looks like a great site for US sphinx moth ID)
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    Uncertainty

    Hi all One of the two (!) moths from my (late) GMS trap on Monday. I have it down as Rustic / Uncertain agg, but the oval and kidney marks look a bit outsized and misshapen. I'm probably just bodyshaming the poor guy but can anyone shed light? Natural variation or misidentification?
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    Soon to be "MOTH or Butterfly ..?

    Oh well done! I'm not well up on US species but it does look like America's biggest moth in the making. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyalophora_cecropia#/media/File:Hyalophora_cecropia_caterpillar.jpg
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    Soon to be "MOTH or Butterfly ..?

    That looks like one of them Saturniid moths. Whereabouts does it come from?
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    Can you help me ID this moth or butterfly please?

    Wear and tear which increases with age, bad weather and bird attacks. The patterns are formed by scales, which are easily lost. Still couldn’t say which your butterfly is, though. Sorry!
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    Curiosities

    Yes, that’s what I ended up with, a small one but nothing else really leaps out at me. Thanks as always for your help and expertise.
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