Friday, 8 July 2016

Plain Golden Y & Turnip?

Just checking this is the Plain rather than Beautiful Golden Y

The other I think is a Turnip. Having checked in one book it says one thing - looking at another it shows something that breaks the rule. I'm thinking about the more continuous black line that accentuates a pale fringe to the wings. But I'd appreciate if someone would could tell me how to tell them apart because both seem variable.

Mark Griffiths, Garsington, Oxford

1 comment:

  1. Hi Mark, yes to Plain Golden Y. With the others it would perhaps be easier to tell with the moth 'in hand' rather than from a photo but to me they have the stockier appearance of Heart & Club. Turnip is generally (but not always) a larger, longer moth. If in doubt its gleaming white hind-wings should clinch the ID.


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