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Postby Cymro on Fri Mar 26, 2021 10:25 am


Lead-coloured drab-Little Sutton-001.JPG

This moth was in my allotment trap two nights ago with two twin-spot quakers (Anorthoa munda) as company. At first glance, it had the look of a Clouded drab (Orthosia incerta) but on further inspection it was, unlike the clouded drab, smaller, had rounded wings and feathered antennae (just about visible in this photo). I asked Mel Bellingham to have a look at it and he agreed with my ID. It was the first I'd seen for years and my first in Cheshire. Hoping that someone will confirm.
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Postby PaulHopkins on Fri Mar 26, 2021 11:50 am

You didn't mention the species, Huw! Lead-coloured Drab is one I've been hoping for for a long time, though I've not encountered it yet. For what it's worth, this looks good to me.


EDIT - I tell a lie, I didn't see you named the image as LCD
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Postby CliveJ on Fri Mar 26, 2021 5:23 pm

Perhaps they're moving in - I had one at my Boughton Heath allotment (near Chester Sainsbury's) on 19/03/2021 - a new moth entirely for me ... ed-public/
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Postby Greg on Fri Mar 26, 2021 7:23 pm

Hi Huw,

Yes, I'm almost sure it's a Lead-coloured Drab.
Below is one I caught at Whixall a couple of years ago. Aspen and Poplar foodplant.
Great find in Cheshire. Although it could be under recorded due to it's similarity to Clouded Drab.

2185 Lead-coloured Drab.jpg
Lead-coloued Drab
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