Can anyone i.d. this moth for me?
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These two always catch me out, they do tend to cause confusion don't they.
I don't think its the Ingrailed clay because they are not on the wing till July in the North. Where as in the South you may see these as early as June.
Ok while there are alot of species that are early this year, up to about 7-10 days on average in the North and up to about 14 days on average in the South.
But I don't think as much as 4 weeks.
Yes I see what you're saying. Quoted dates are indicative but are effectively averages (excluding outliers) based on normal years and in individual cases, cannot be 100% decisive. This year is a record breaking year as far as dates are concerned. And it looks more like an Ingrailed Clay. What do the genitalia tell you?
The genitalia would tell me all I needed to know if i had caught the moth myself.
But I would be looking at a number of things! But mainly
The valva in the Diarsia rubi is very broad compared to that of the Diarsia mendica
The Juxta in the Diarsia rubi is again very broad compared to that of the Diarsia mendica
The Cucullus in the Diarsia rubi is narrow compared to that of the Diarsia mendica
There are many other variations, but these are the one's I would be looking out for.
The joy of studying moths ah!
But this is what keeps me coming back year after year, and for you as well i guess to David.
Lat/Lng: 53.7963, -1.3807
OS grid ref: SE408335