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Unidentified Noctuinae

Observed: 6th September 2011 By: Nature girl
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
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Description:

This has been confusing me; I'd love to know what it is!

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Turnip Moth (Agrotis segetum) interacts

Comments

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Hindwing colour

It is approx. 18mm in length from a rough scale measurement I've just done. Once again, I don't know the hindwing colour I'm afraid. Is there a way of making the moth open its wings to reveal the upperside of the hindwing without damaging it? Some moths are more obliging than others when it comes to opening their wings!

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Yes, using a pencil you can

Yes, using a pencil you can gently move the forewing aside to see the hindwing, this does no damage at all to the moth.

Quite hard to see on this one, but David could well be right with Turnip.

Best wishes,

Douglas

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Thanks for the advice

Thanks for the advice Douglas, I'll try it next time I'm trapping.

Rosie