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Unknown Moth

Observed: 22nd August 2012 By: Simon WalkerSimon Walker’s reputation in InvertebratesSimon Walker’s reputation in InvertebratesSimon Walker’s reputation in InvertebratesSimon Walker’s reputation in Invertebrates
Moth, Unidentified, Franklin Gardens, 2012-08-22 006
Moth, Unidentified, Franklin Gardens, 2012-08-22 004

I have no idea on this one. There seems to by a shiney dome on the back of the neck.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Common Swift (Hepialus lupulinus) interacts


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I thought it had lost a lot of scales, but I didn't think for a moment that the shiney dome was due to that. As I was using that as the feature I was searching on, I wasn't going to find it, was I?

Thanks a lot.

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Errrrrrrrr, no! You weren't!

Errrrrrrrr, no! You weren't!

No probs


Sarah Patton

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Reed leopard

I think the location would quickly rule this out!!!

Sarah Patton

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Reed Leopard

Much as I would love this to be a Reed Leopard, I think Sarah's right. The abdomen doesn't project far enough beyond the wings.

I'm not THAT close to the Cambridgeshire Fens, though I do sometimes head out in that direction; it's conceivable that such a moth might hitch a ride, I suppose. Come to that, I'm only a couple of miles from the A1, and even closer to the A505, so it could even have hitched a ride with someone else...

But the abdomen isn't long enough, so there we are; that's what it ISN'T. All we need now is to know what it IS!

Thanks, chums.

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I'm not sure what I was thinking that morning - not enough coffee perhaps? It's clearly a Swift, and I'd given the time of year I'd probably go for female Orange Swift, but I'm not adding another determination to this thread!