Friday, 29 February 2008

New (to me) moth

A couple of these came to light. One outside the house, the other inside.

Pale Brindled Beauty - Phigalia pilosaria.

Both were males: the females are wingless.

This broad-leaf species is regarded as scarce in NW Ireland, but is probably just under-recorded.

Not quite the beauty that its name would suggest....I rather think the people who gave the names out were having a bit of a giggle to themselves.

This is a species that has two forms: one dark, the other pale. The dark version flourished in polluted places like central London, where it still outnumbers the pale version by 60:40. Ours are pale, of course.

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