The antenna give this one away.
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Colin, took me a while to be confident about this ID, even though it was found in a place where I usually see the Hairy [or Sloe] adults and only the antenna gave me any indication. The instar stages can be quite confusing.
Yes , Instars can be tricky Robert , but there aree subtle clues and after a while it all comes together :-) Staging the moults can be a little trickier but this is very fine tuning . You probably have a Blue SB somewhere I find them difficult to find but thats likely due to the I amin N England Cydnidae the Black Ground dwellers also difficult to record as they spend time in the ground and are often taken for beetles. Finding colonies is never easy but start with high densities of the host planst
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