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May 17, 2012 1:20 PM

Mystified by this butterfly

I just photographed this butterfly today (in central Spain), at least I assume it's a butterfly because it landed wings up. But I can't find it in my book. To help narrow the species down I can confirm it was about the size of, or maybe smaller than, a small heath.

 

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Alan

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      May 21, 2012 3:47 PM (in response to awillkey)
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      I'm thinking along the lines of one of the Frittilaries but cant narrow it down.

      Lewis

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          May 22, 2012 11:48 PM (in response to awillkey)
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          Small Heath

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            May 23, 2012 10:48 AM (in response to basquesteve)
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            I dont think this is a Small Heath. If you compare it to Spanish Small Heaths there are too many differences.

            Lewis

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    May 28, 2012 9:49 PM (in response to awillkey)
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    It looks like a brown meadow butterfly to me.

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    Jun 8, 2012 11:31 AM (in response to awillkey)
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    What a bunch of dummies we are!

     

    I have shown this to my lepidoptera colleague this morning who points out that it is of course a moth!

     

    I have to admit that my eyes were drawn to the wings and completely missed the antennae.

     

    My colleague, Martin, goes further and identifies it as the day-flying geometrid moth Isturgia famula (Esper 1787). Looking at the following image you would have to agree: http://pathpiva.wifeo.com/isturgia-famula.php

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