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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Yesterday morning (Tuesday August 8th) I found this beautiful creature almost drowning on the metal walkway outside our building. Unable to identify it, I sent the photo to our very own Moth expert, Charlie Streets. For those people at last night's meeting who also didn't recognise it, Charlie has identified it as a Lesser Swallow Prominent (Pheosia gnoma), showing the chocolate brown head and thorax typical of the Northern form (apparently!). Charlie also supplied this useful link:


Lesser Swallow Prominent (Pheosia gnoma)


Steve Blacksmith said...

Striking moth Annie ! Well done for finding its identity. Thanks to Charlie for the knowledge.

We've seen some spectacular moths this spring/summer. The Peppered moth at Hardcastle Crags while we were Balsam bashing is memorable, as is the Poplar Hawkmoth at Woodhouse Road, Tod. Also the Hummingbird Hawkmoth I found at West Central Halifax, visiting the garden sage flowers.

I missed the Emperors again though :-(

charlie streets said...

Members of this family usually roost well out of sight by day so it was probably displaced by the heavy rainfall - quite a fortuitous find!