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TANSY PLUME

Postby Kevin on Thu Jun 25, 2020 12:00 am

Is this a Tansy Plume.
Trapped in my Handbridge Garden, with no Tansy's around.
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Re: TANSY PLUME

Postby Greg on Thu Jun 25, 2020 8:13 am

Hi Kevin,

Looks good to me, Tansy Plume. That's a nice find.

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Re: TANSY PLUME

Postby JulianB on Sun Jul 11, 2021 2:42 pm

Hi Kevin,

I had a similar plume to this yesterday and looked up the differences between Tansy Plume and Yarrow Plume (these are the two confusion species here I think). A photo of my moth is attached (also photo'd on an old leaf, as this provides minimal contrast to help see the pattern in the wings!).

I think both our plumes may be Yarrow Plume. Tansy and Yarrow Plumes apparently differ in the colour of their hind legs between the spurs. The section of leg shown with a red bar on my photo is a uniform colour in Yarrow, but is striped (one dark section, one light section) in Tansy. Yours looks uniform to me too.

There's a picture of a worn Tansy Plume on the forum here https://www.record-lrc.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=4221&p=11265&hilit=tansy+plume#p11265.

I have no previous experience with either of these moths, so we might want to take further advice as Tansy Plume is quite a rare moth in Cheshire.

Thanks, Julian
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Re: TANSY PLUME

Postby stevehind on Wed Jul 14, 2021 10:11 am

Well spotted Julian
I agree, both Gillmeria pallidactyla Yarrow Plume
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Re: TANSY PLUME

Postby Kevin on Wed Jul 28, 2021 9:06 pm

Thanks JULIAN,
Lots of Yarrow around my area.
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