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Old Friday 12th July 2019, 09:01   #1
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Last night's visitor

This moth was dozing high up on my kitchen wall.

I've never seen such a large one here. An ID would be appreciated.

It's gone this morning, but I'm not sure where as all the windows were shut.
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Old Friday 12th July 2019, 14:21   #2
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Oh is it a Brindled Beauty I wonder?
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Hi Delia
It's a noctuid. One of our largest - but not the largest.
It's a Dark Arches, Apamea monoglypha.
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Oh gosh!!! One I've only barely even heard of Martin!!!

I would never have got that from the pictures in my book!

Thanks so much lad.
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Hi Delia. Dark Arches appears to be one of the more widespread, abundant moths in the country. As a relative beginner, I've lost count of how many times I've tried to string them into something else. Only this past week I chased down a large mystery moth during the daytime in our polytunnel that I was convinced was going to be a new moth for me. It wasn't. It was a Dark Arches.
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Oh gosh!!! One I've only barely even heard of Martin!!!

I would never have got that from the pictures in my book!

Thanks so much lad.
Which book are you using Delia? I use the Field Guide to the Moths of Great Britain and Ireland - Waring and Townsend illustrated by the incomparable Richard Lewington - and I can usually get a result from that as long as the moth isn't battered to bits.

With respect to your present case, it shows three colour morphs of Dark Arches one of which is spot on for your moth.

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Hi John thanks.

It's from the Pocket Nature series; Butterflies and Moths, Paul Street and Andrew Mackay.

The one like mine is in there, but it's the smaller image, they majored on the light coloured version, which I glossed over!
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Hi John thanks.

It's from the Pocket Nature series; Butterflies and Moths, Paul Street and Andrew Mackay.

The one like mine is in there, but it's the smaller image, they majored on the light coloured version, which I glossed over!
I'd put the other one on your Christmas list, then, its worth it just for the plates.

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That's an idea. Thanks John.
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