Saturday, 25 February 2017

Spring Usher

After finding a fresh specimen of a Dotted Border (Agriopis marginaria) at rest on the door frame of a local garden centre yesterday, I was moved to put the moth trap out last night, even though the overnight forecast wasn't ideal. The ultra-violet light attracted my first two moths of the year, one of which was a Spring Usher (Agriopis leucophaearia). Like some of its close relatives, the female of this species is flightless and the wing markings on the male can be subject to much variation.
 
 
Spring Usher (Agriopis leucophaearia) (males)
 
Last night's specimen.
 
 
 
The next two images are of the same specimen taken in 2009.


 
 
This image was taken in 2012.

 

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