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Nematopogon sp.

Observed: 5th June 2013 By: YashcaYashca’s reputation in InvertebratesYashca’s reputation in InvertebratesYashca’s reputation in InvertebratesYashca’s reputation in Invertebrates
Harwood Dale Nematopogon

Edge of moorland near a conifer plantation, to be specific with habitat. Pretty sure it is a Nematopogon species, don't know how to differentiate between the three.

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Nematopogon species

It is certainly a Nematopogon species, and not N. swammerdamella or N. schwarziellus. On my turf (S.Hampshire) it would be N. metaxella, but from a Yorkshire moor you'd need to consider N. pilella. This seems to look intermediate between N. schwarziellus and N. metaxella - i.e. wings a bit broader, fuzzy tessellated wing pattern. On top of that there is the new kid on the block: N. magna, of which I know nothing beyond the facts that it is a species of Scotland, Wales, Ireland and N.England, and is found on moorland and wooded heathland amongst bilberry. I see that the genitalia are shown on the Dissection Group website.

Richard Dickson