Thursday, 23 June 2016

The macros

For 1 and 2 do I have an Uncertain and a Rustic or is it impossible to tell from photos?
Similarly for 3 and 4 are they a Heart and Club and a Turnip?

Finally is the last one a Dingy Footman?
Also my son caught a Cream-bordered Green Pea in the Milton Keynes area on Monday. I'm not sure how unusual this is but it is certainly a species I have not encountered before.

Andy Newbold, Sibford Ferris, Oxon.


  1. It can be hard to tell from photos. Some useful tips separating the two. The Uncertain emerges slightly earlier and the Rustic goes on slightly longer. The Uncertain appears rough scaled, the Rustic shiny. The Uncertain is usually browner whilst the Rustic usually greyer. And most Uncertains have a darker median band - visible in your first one. I think they are both Uncertains. The next is Heart & Club, the next I think is a Turnip and finally you have an old Orange Footman.

  2. I don't know about the other counties but in Bucks the 50-odd post-millennium records for Cream-bordered Green Pea are restricted almost entirely to the Ouse Valley north of Milton Keynes, with only two or three vagrants elsewhere. Still a nice record, though, and I'm sure Martin Albertini would appreciate the grid reference!


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