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Observed: 22nd May 2011 By: Ray Turner
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Smallish moth resting high up (out of reach of the cat!) on my kitchen wall. A quick scan of Chinery didn’t throw up an ID that convinced me, the closest match being something akin to the Small Bloodvein so this is by way of an opener.

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Small Blood-vein

Looking at the images that have come up clearly it is not!


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If it is Riband Wave (non-banded form) (Idaea aversata ab. remutata) as seems likely it will be the first recorded in the South East - see the NBN map.

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NBN map

It certainly won't be the first recorded in the South-east!

Presumably, records of Riband Wave have not differentiated the two forms until recently?


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Hmmmm considering ...

... the picture of I. aversata is the one above S. imitaia in Chinery I feel I should have got that. In mitigation the plate is of the banded form.

As for its rarity or not, the NBN map is a bit sparse (I don’t necessarily conclude from this that it is rare in the SE). Is there a recorder the observation should go to?


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It's not usually recorded as

It's not usually recorded as separate forms, but as a species - searching the NBN for 'Idaea aversata' will give a better idea of just how common it is! Moth records should be sent to your county moth recorder - a list can be found at http://www.mothscount.org/text/57/county_moth_recorders.html - I think you're probably in Surrey, vice-county 17

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