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Double-striped Pug (Gymnoscelis rufifasciata)

Observed: 29th August 2013 By: hbrook1hbrook1’s reputation in Invertebrateshbrook1’s reputation in Invertebrateshbrook1’s reputation in Invertebrates
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I uploaded a photo of the

I uploaded a photo of the same species a few days ago which looks completely different to this one (http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/364339?nav=users_observations); is it normal for this species to have such a diverse range of appearances and wing patterns?

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Hi hbrook,There is a little

Hi hbrook,

There is a little variation in this species but its a lot less than in some other species such as July Highflyer and Dark Marbled Carpet. Waring, Townsend and Lewington offer 2 illustrations of DSP which show the variation that youve encountered.

Your linked one is nice and fresh, its more colourful and the wings are lying flat in perfect resting posture. The above one doesnt look just as fresh and has the wings slightly raised off the flat surface- this often makes pugs look unfamiliar/untypical.

It was the posture that threw me a bit so I added 'moderate' confidence. I posted a green pug earlier this summer with the wings raised even more than above and it didnt receive any agreement, I think the posture was to blame.

http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/350130

http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/343722

Just found another one by Dominicpic which has the same posture and it hasnt been agreed either.

Cathal.

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Double-striped Pug

I agree with Cathal- I think the resting posture of the moth gives the impression that it could be another species- I know that the moth I caught earlier in the summer had a similar resting position and only one person agreed with its identification. I'm confident that mine was a Double-striped Pug and that yours is the same.