Back in mid-March on the 12th at Pilmoor, I caught a moth that was immediately different from the Pale Brindled Beauties I had been catching and rashly identified it as a Brindled Beauty. Following comments that the record was rather early for that species I checked the photos I had taken, and withdrew the claim. While perusing the photos again this evening, I checked the identification again, and conclude that the species involved is the rather scarce dark variant of Oak Beauty. On reflection, the specimen is rather worn, and should have raised alarm bells for what would have been a very early emergence of Brindled Beauty.
|Oak Beauty abb.|