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Lesser-spotted Pinion

Observed: 29th July 2010 By: Douglas
Butterfly Conservation
Invertebrates expert
Lesser-spotted Pinion
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Description:

Rather a poor image of a rather special moth, was the first county record for around 35 years; http://www.montgomeryshiremoths.org.uk/macro%20moths/pages/2316%20Lesser...
Caught with MV trap.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Lesser-spotted Pinion (Cosmia affinis) interacts

Comments

DavidHowdon's picture

Not doubting it but

I think with the forewing damaged the relevant ID feature (to separate from Lunar-spotted Pinion) would be the hindwing - not shown here.

Douglas's picture

I think that there is enough

I think that there is enough of the forewing (especially the upper portion) to confirm Lesser. Mainly, the extend and brightness of the white cross-lines, which don't appear much on Lunar. Also the stigma and overall markings on the moth. Although the pictures aren't great, I thought the moth was in good enough condition to satisfy me of it's ID and also satisfy my CR.

And thanks, I'm all for disagreement (not quite the right word, but you know what I mean) with IDs, helps improve ID skills, and adds a bit of fun! Please notice extra photos which may help (still pretty poor quality, sorry!).

By the way Lunar-spotted Pinion would be as equally as rare, only have one county record.

Best wishes,

Douglas

DavidHowdon's picture

Extra pictures

I think the extra pictures help confirm it.

Douglas's picture

OK, many thanks for that

OK, many thanks for that David.

You do an excellent job here on iSpot may I add!

Best wishes,

Douglas