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Saturday, 22 May 2010

Possible new VC62 record?

Having spent a couple of days trying to identify some of Thursday nights micros from photos taken, although there are a number of similar species, the closest match I can find for this one is Pammene obscurana. This would be a new moth for VC62 and is a scarce species with scattered records around the UK. This was caught among the bumper catch at Pilmoor woods, an area of mature birch woodland and damp scrub. Any thoughts would be appreciated as specimen not retained.

Update 27 May: This record has been accepted by Harry Beaumont, the County Recorder, who comments that he would have preferred a specimen, but the photograph seems to show enough of the characteristics.

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