jccurd's picture

Lesser Treble Bar, I suspect?

Observed: 2nd May 2011 By: jccurdjccurd’s reputation in Invertebratesjccurd’s reputation in Invertebratesjccurd’s reputation in Invertebratesjccurd’s reputation in Invertebrates

Why are moths so darn difficult? When I saw this, I thought it would be obvious but, no, there's a Treble Bar and a Lesser Treble Bar both of which look "very similar". A few minor details make me think this is the Lesser Treble Bar. (Fingers crossed - no room for the faint-hearted.) ;-)

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Fenwickfield's picture


Your right I think it look's more like Lesser Treble bar,but as I was reading there is a Manchester Treble bar too,the lesser seem's to have an acute-angled bend near front and a sharply pointed outer edge,this is what it states in my collin's book.I think if the majority were not so drab looking it would be easier.


jccurd's picture

In my book ...

... Townsend, Waring, Lewington, the Manchester Treble Bar looks quite different (darker and more colourful) so I skipped over it. Of course, the paintings are "artists impressions", all be they by a very good wildlife artist.

Difficult stuff, this.


DavidHowdon's picture


Best to examine the abdomen to be sure.

David Howdon

jccurd's picture

Ah ha

Yes, I now see that my book does draw a distinction vis-a-vis the abdomen.

I usually don't/can't handle the poor critters - my camera scares them quite enough so I'll resort to calling this a [Lesser] Treble Bar, I think. :)