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Saturday, 4 October 2014

2240 Blair's Shoulder-knot Lithophane leautieri

Post  by Gordon Jackson   (reposted from FEET members Site )

This little beauty was sheltering on the wall by our door today. I must have walked past it 10 times before seeing it. The camouflage is wonderful, it stands out better in the photo than on the wall.

First first found in 1951 on the Isle of Wight, it arrived in Cumbria 1996, north Wales 1997 and Scotland by 2001. It's very common now and is found on the Isle of Man and Ireland. It's also established in the Channel Islands and is still spreading. The varient in this photo has the pink flush on the kidney mark.

It's flight is said to be October-November, so it's a little early, but then, the seasons are changing, which is influencing the flora and fauna. Foodplant: Three species of Cypress and sometimes Juniper.

 Blair's Shoulder-knot (Lithophane leautieri)

This is a first for me, like so  many at the moment. Thanks to Charlie for helping with the ID.

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