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Hi Cathal, I'm new to all this moth thing so take this with a pinch of salt. I can't make this out to be a Common Quaker, although worn it looks too red and the ends of the wings lack the square grid pattern.
Probably a silly suggestion but could it be a Chestnut albeit a worn version.
Chris Brooks - www.dragonfly-images.co.uk
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Far from silly Chris, I think it could well be 100% accurate.
These early noctuids are unfamiliar to me personally- quakers and chestnuts (I find noctuids tricky at the best of times!), my Common quaker ID was hastey, I recorded 3 small noctuids in the exact same spot on the road last night and surmised (wrongly) that they'd probably all be the same species.
Someone on BGM has already suggested Chestnut as you have, add the revision if you like, I was going to, but was going to be cautious and make it--'it might be this'!
It seems right for chestnut, cheers Chris,
Do you want to make the ID change Cathal, it was your sighting after all, then I'll agree. Regards Chris
Ok will do Chris,
I was impressed with the variety on show last night, 5 noctuid species in total it seems! And a few others. I hadn t recorded a single noctuid this year til last night.I should get the trap going for this evening, hope it stays mild,
I had 6 Common Quakers, 2 Hebrew Characters, 2 Small Brindled Beauties and 5 Tortricodes alternella last night, so things are looking up. Chris.
Your pics are brilliant Chris, youve taken to the moths like a duck to water, IDing like an expert! I'm doing a very good impression of a novice!!
There's a limited selection at the moment, so I can cope. Wait until the summer with all those Carpets etc, that will be the real test. Still it's my first summer in retirement so I hope to fill my boots, so to speak.
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