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Brown and White Plume Moth

Observed: 12th March 2012 By: jccurdjccurd’s reputation in Invertebratesjccurd’s reputation in Invertebratesjccurd’s reputation in Invertebratesjccurd’s reputation in Invertebrates

No, it hasn't crash landed on water, it's on the obscured glass of our back door. An attractive critter which, I suspect, may be Amblyptilia acanthadactyla. There is apparently a similar A. punctidactyla but I don't think this is speckled enough for that one. Still, if moths are difficult for me, micro-moths are ...!

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I'm trying to look at the scale tuft on the third lobe of the hindwing that is just poking out. Seems closer to A. acanthadactyla to me. Don't suppose you have a higher resolution photo of that feature?

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Larger photo


I've attached a second full resolution photo from the same angle. Whether it shows any more detail of the feature that interests you, I don't know, I'm afraid. Fascinating stuff. though!


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It is a rather tricky one. The feature I'm looking for is the black triangle on the hind wing.

See the closeup of the wing in http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/250147 for an example.

On acanthadactyla it is stretched out along the wing, on punctidactyla it is steeper sided.

On you picture the feature can just be made out on the left wing but looks a bit ambiguous to me so I'm going to have to just go for the genus level ID on this one.

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Fair enough, David

...Amblyptilia it is, and still a useful addition to my catalogue. :) Thanks for looking.


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Interesting Posture

BTW, guys, I was originally confused by the appearance of what turned out to be this moth's hind legs. Interesting the way they tend to sit with them together like that. Looked more like an ovipositor at first sight. :D