SMALL WAINSCOT QUERIE

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SMALL WAINSCOT QUERIE

Postby nickcandlish » Thu Aug 01, 2013 7:35 pm

Ian,
I've just got round to setting what I thought to be two Small Wainscot specimens one with the normal straw coloured forwing and one with a distinctly rufous forwing. The abdomen of the rufous example appears too short for Small Wainscot which in my experience has an abdomenal length rather out of proportion to its wing size.
Any thoughts would be valued!
I'm away until Monday evening so will be unable to reply to your no doubt erudite response!!

Nick.
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Re: SMALL WAINSCOT QUERIE

Postby IainH » Sun Aug 04, 2013 8:47 pm

Hi Nick,

Identifying pinned specimens is something I have very little experience of. Abdomens are things I usually don't see(!), so I have to admit I know nothing about how diagnostic abdomen lengths for moth IDs.

I really should make a point of keeping and pinning moths I find 'suspicious looking'. There might come a time when I can speak with more authority on the subject.

Sorry I can't be of any help on this occasion!

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