Monday, 17 April 2017

Powdered Quaker?

Caught this a while back - books seem to be a bit vague on diagnostics between this variable moth and the variable Common Quaker - I'm tending to Common Quaker on the basis of the wing shape but i thought I'd check.

Mark Griffiths, Garsington, Oxford


  1. Hi Mark, if you look back at the earlier post "Record Species Count" (24th March) you'll see a typical local Powdered Quaker. Despite the fact that the books say it is a highly variable moth, they actually vary very little indeed locally and 99% of those you'll see are that very light sandy colour. They also have much more noticeably hooked wing-tips than in your Common Quaker image. Like Hebrew Character, Powdered Quaker should be around for several weeks yet and it is just as likely to be found in gardens as anywhere else so there's still time to get one.

  2. thanks Dave, I've had them before but none so far this year it seems.

  3. There is also a line of dots between the reniform stigma and the sub-terminal line in Powdered Quaker, which helps with the id.


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