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Lobster Moth? Angle Shades more likely.

Observed: 15th April 2012 By: jhn7
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Description:

Found at the end of the day on a garden chair we had taken out of the shed. It may have been there all day, I do hope we didn't damage it because it looks the worse for wear. I'm not sure it will be possible to ID from these photos but it never opened its wings. It had gone this morning.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Angle Shades (Phlogophora meticulosa) interacts

Comments

chrisbrooks's picture

ID Comment

Having looked at this in more detail, it seems to me to be an Angle Shades.

jhn7's picture

Thank you very much!

It is good of you to give time to this and so nice to have an ID. Thanks.

Janet
Certificate in Contemporary Science (Open)

Douglas's picture

It hasn't fully inflated it's

It hasn't fully inflated it's wings in these photos as it would have just hatched. If a moth is disturbed while it's doing this, it will never start up again and won't ever be able to fly.

You say it was gone the next day, either it inflated it wings and flew off or got eaten.

Best wishes,

Douglas

jhn7's picture

Oh dear!

Apart from moving the chair and unfolding it no one sat on it or touched the moth once we had seen it so I do hope we didn't disturb the inflating process. What a difficult process and one fraught with danger for the poor things. What could have eaten it? It was dark when we last looked so there would have been no birds about.

Janet
Certificate in Contemporary Science (Open)

Douglas's picture

Yes, unfortunately they are

Yes, unfortunately they are very vulnerable at that stage, bit a 'design' flaw really.

Unless you got up before it was light, dawn birds can quite easily pick them off.

If it had fallen to the ground, small mammals would have had it.

But we can remain positive, it probably managed to fly off happily. :-)

Best wishes,

Douglas

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I listened to the dawn chorus!

From the comfort of my bed I could hear the early birds and they should have been so stuffed from the food we put out for them not to pick off a small defenceless moth!!
We shall never know.

Janet
Certificate in Contemporary Science (Open)