‘Moor’ moffin

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Thanks also to ‘moffin’ colleagues for sending the superb images of recent finds across for the post.  It looks like there have been some good sessions recently with Haworth’s Minor also logged across on Thorne Moors, as well Angle-striped Sallow and Birch Mocha, so the peatlands are still home to quality species.

Barred Chestnut Diarsia dahlii (Hb.) is a species of moorland and wooded heathland on acid soils, so not unexpected but a very welcome addition to the Crowle Moors list.


Barred Chestnut 1 Crowle Moor south 16.8.13


Ling Pug Eupithecia absinthiata (Clerk) a species considered by some authorities to be a distinct species, by others a local form of the similar but larger Wormwood Pug.


Pug Crowle Moor south 16.8.13

Thanks to Phil Lee for the two images above, both Crowle specimens.

John Hartley recorded this specimen of Magpie moth Abraxas grossulariata on neighbouring Thorne Moors and comments that it used to be more common than it appears to be at present and from my own memories I’d probably be inclined to agree with him – would you?  Obviously it depends where you walk but it’s as likely that you might flush a Clouded Border Lomaspilis marginata as the larger cousin.


Magpie 3018 jh



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