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Monday, 13 August 2012

Got there in the end...

I caught a rather dull grey plume moth at Staveley on Friday night, took two crap photos the following morning before it made a dash for freedom, straight through the gap in the slightly ajar window...   So trying to match the little blighter with various books and web photos, I eventually settled on Oidaematophorus lithodactyla or Dusky Plume as it is called in Sterling and Parsons.  
Oidaematophorus lithodactyla
Fortunately Charlie agrees, him having had one there in 2008, only the second VC64 record.  The wing markings are rather subdued, but can just be made out, and the grey tufts by the spurs on the front two pairs of pale legs a good pointer.

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