Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Another Vestal!

I was very surprised to see this Vestal in the trap last night. Initially I wondered if it was the individual I released last week re-trapped but this is clearly a different individual, for one thing this is a male, you can clearly see the feathered (pectinate) antennae which distinguish it from the female caught last week. The dark cross marking on the wing are more pronounced and it is a little less worn.
The warm southerly winds have produced a significant influx on the south coast so it's appearance is not totally unexpected and it will be interesting to hear how many others have made it to Derbyshire.
Vestal - male

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