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It looks like it might be Grey Mountain Carpet or Yellow-ringed Carpet. Location seems ok for either, flight season also. A better view of the upper surface might be necessary for an ID but maybe someone else can be more decisive.
Its not necessarily one of these 2 but they seem like reasonable candidates.
Many thanks for those suggestions which I'll add to my nature blog. The images are poor but certainly resemble Google images of these two species.
This is really hard without being able to see the shape or upperside markings properly. It really doesn't look right for Grey Mountain or Yellow-ringed Carpet to me - the latter at least has a much plainer underside for one thing:
I'm really not at all sure what it is, but I'm wondering if it might be a pug moth (dark discal spot, pale tornal spot), and if I had to guess I'd probably go for Bordered Pug (although that is quite uncommon in Scotland). See photos including underside here:
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Im not sure it doesnt look right for a Grey Mountain Carpet Martin, I have seen a few and seen it rest like this on top of a piece of grass so I thought it was a reasonable shout. I had considered a pug also and I know pugs can look untypical if not in true resting posture but I thought it looked more like a carpet type geometrid.
Will look again......it is a tricky one
Martin, it is a pug!
Yes youre absolutely right Martin, white discal spot and narrow forewing. I wonder could it be a Satyr Pug?
Maybe Satyr, not entirely convinced but then I'm not convinced by my suggestion of Bordered either! I don't think we're going to be able to say with any degree of certainty.
Hi John and Martin,
Firstly, sorry John, I think my initial suggestions of Grey Mountain or Yellow Ringed Carpet are wrong as Martin says. The forewings are too narrow and as Martin says are more pug like. Also the white discal spot is typical of various pug species- the spots are in the correct position for a pug moth.
I agree Martin, it might be difficult to bring it to species but it might be ok to bring it to genus? The narrow wing(I dont think its Narrow-winged Pug going by the markings that are visible) and the discal spot are quite clear. I suggested Satyr as I see it on moorland in June and it is quite grey and drab. Well spotted that its a pug!
Thanks very much Cathal and Martin for the detailed comments. I'll alter the possible iSpot ID on my blog accordingly. It's a useful insight into how conclusive identification without high quality images or an actual specimen can be very difficult, even for experts. I hope my next observation, coming up today, is bit more straightforward!
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