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Would someone please identify the insect below.
It was photographed today at a Suffolk National Nature Reserve, Cavenham Heath.
It was in the woods there feeding on a Blackberry Bush.
It is a forester moth, either:
- cistus forester, Adscita geryon (http://ukmoths.org.uk/show.php?id=1670), or
- the forester, Adscita statices (http://ukmoths.org.uk/show.php?id=6414).
Bearing in mind the location, I am fairly sure it is the forester, Adscita statices.
If you read the description in those links, you'll see why (Cavenham Heath is not a limestone area).
(It is not scarce forester, Jordanita globulariae, because its antennae are not tapered to a point.)
Forester moths are related to the burnet moths, which are probably better known.
They both have their attractions, but I think the metallic green of the foresters is rather neat.
Many thanks Mike, Adscita statices it is.