Rusty brown moth ,very furry thorax,two oval shaped stigmata on wings came to light.
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the id of this moth is causing some disension with a learned collegue of mine, he is adamant that it is a common drab ,which I think would be greyer in colour, what is the disernig features between the two please?
ps I have other photos if a different angle would help.
When you first posted this as Common Quaker I did a bit of a double take, as all the CQs I have seen in Gloucestershire are of a grey hue. However, there is a colour range for the species which includes brown - Waring and Townsend have a brownish specimen as one of the 4 illustrated and refer to "orange-brown" and "warm brown" as possible colours. However, your moth is a bit on the reddish side. 2 other pointers - Clouded Drab has a rather more pointed tip to the wing than CQ and the line near the outer edge of the wing has a definite kink near the leading edge. This line also has dark patches distributed along it. These features (especially the first 2) are shown in your pictures and I would suggest that your friend is right.
Thanks for the i.d. as you said I was going by Waring and Townsend and thought the redder version matched it best .
I am posting a photo taken on another camera when it was released that wasn"t available to me earlier in due course.
Lat/Lng: 52.6, -7.9
OS grid ref: SF0616