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Aug 17, 2013 11:49 AM

ID of moth

Hi. I recently photographed the attached moth photo. I think it is one of the Geometridae, but there are so many similar ones. Help would be appriciated. Thanks, David.

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    Aug 17, 2013 4:40 PM (in response to David)
    Re: ID of moth

    David,

     

    It is one of the 'beauties', and I'm 99% sure it is willow beauty, Peribatodes rhomboidaria.

    The markings are a good fit, and some of the other candidates are no longer on the wing in August.

     

    http://ukmoths.org.uk/show.php?id=582

     

    Mike

     

    Edit: Crystal and I must have hit reply at the same time...lol At least we agree

    (an homage to Crystal's edit!)

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    Aug 17, 2013 2:24 PM (in response to David)
    Re: ID of moth

    Hi David,

    There are quite a few similar ones, this one looks to me like a Willow Beauty (Peribatodes rhomboidaria), however saying that I've never seen one that looked so 'white', very light grey but not this white.  Well done investigating further.  The Feathered Beauty are lighter more often and are very similar to the Willow Beauty, but when your photo is viewed large, the antenna feathering stops well from the end, where in Feathered it continues (all be it small) to the end.  One other good indicator would have been to pot this moth and look at the underside. Willow Beauty will have a square looking mark (light patch) at the apex of the wing (on the tips).

     

    Hope this is helpful

    Crystal

     

    Edit: Mike and I must have hit reply at the same time...lol At least we agree

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