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I found my copy of WTL 09 a bit confusing. On plate 270, at the bottom there are 3 illustrations with the scientific name I have given above beneath all 3. The English name Spectacle is given for the species, but there wasnt an image titled Abrostola tripartita?
What I couldnt understand was why there wasnt an Abrostola tripartita, without the f. plumbea suffix, so I added it. Can you explain why the f. plumbea is applied to all 3 images of the spectacle offered in the book, it doesnt seem to make sense?
Skinner's "Colour Identificantion Guide to Moths of the British Isles" also has plumbea as only referring to the darker moths. Indicating that this forms is relatively common in London and the Midlands
Hello again David,
just read the info on page 405 re the spectacle, hopefully we have the same volume.
Yes totally agree with you on that, shouldve checked the text on the species before posting, but it remains that the titling of the illustrations on page 270 is confusing, unless it is the case that the f.plumbea suffix, is there below the scientific name as 'optional', as it appears to apply to the 3 illustrations given, or am I reading this wrong?
Yeah plumbea would be a 'warmer grey' than my moth and I'd have to look into whether it is considered present in Ireland at all as the book only says it is common in many parts of England, leaving me guessing if it is only found in England?!?!?
Not sure about the distribution in Ireland. The relevant moth recorder might no - see moth recorder lists at http://www.mothscount.org/text/57/county_moth_recorders.html if you don't know who that is.
Thanks David, we very possibly dont have Ssp plumbea in these parts?
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