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Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Northern Rustic moth, Standfussiana lucernea this evening in Mid Sussex

This looks like the Northern Rustic moth, Standfussiana lucernea, which, according to Butterfly conservation at  http://butterfly-conservation.org/51-1681/northern-rustic.html is confined to the coasts of south and south-western England, Wales, Man, Scotland including the Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland and Ireland.  Occurs inland in Wales, Derbyshire, Lancashire and Cumbria.

This one has visited my bedroom this evening, so Mid Sussex can be added to its distribution.
 Since 1970’s it is declining in Britain.  From on a curtain above, it flew inside a lamp fitting below.

What attractive stripy legs and took at its spikes!
A handsome beast.

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