This moth looks as though it should be a carpet of some sort but I can't track it down. Forewing about 20mm ; attracted to MV light trap
No identification made yet.
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Apologies - forewing = 13mm (not 20mm)
13mm would be a small carpet?
Could you please give a common species which it is similar in size to? Just makes it easy to visualise and eliminates any confusion as to where the measurement is taken.
I suspect this could be an aberrant of something...
Hi Douglas - it's similar in size to a flame carpet - so yes, it is small. I did wonder if it may be a variant of flame carpet but I wasn't sure.
Yes, Flame Carpet was my initial thought and looking closely at the abdominal markings, it seems a likely contender. Not sure how one goes about confirming though - as the wing markings have to be largely ignored, there's no much else to go on!
A great find, Phil, anyway! Whatever it is, aberrants like this are rare.
Thanks Douglas. I normally release moths but I kept this one as it seemed out of the ordinary. Perhaps I'll be able to tell from closer examination.
Was my first thought, there are some ones with most of the red marking missing illustrated in Volume 2 of LeRaut's "Moths of Europe" which I considered
The other one from LeRaut I considered was Barberry Carpet, again specimens illustrated with far fewer markings than the UK ones.
Either way well worth retaining this and getting your county recorder to look at the specimen I would say.
Let us know what it proves to be.
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