Well here's a hot potato for those that like their butterflies and moths as I do. This moth is what's known as a Cryptic Burnished Brass (Diachrysia stenochrysitis
) and it's the first time I've ever captured one.
It causes quite a lot of controversy amongst UK enthusiasts of the Entomological and Natural History Society, because it's not as yet classified as a species separate from the ordinary Burnished Brass (Diachrysia chrysitis
). It is almost 50 years since the suggestion was first made that an additional species may be present within the taxon Diachrysia chrysitis. Following a long investigation, the two species have been definitively distinguished by their morphology, differences in structure of the wings scales, electrophoresis and different male pheromones. So far as it is known, the two species have a similar distribution in Europe, including Britain, however a lot of Lepidopterists are still undecided and if you look in a lot of moth books relating to British species, it's not even listed????
As for me, well I can't be bothered with all the arguments and technicalities, I'm just pleased to have seen one, recorded it and get some shots of the little critter......I'll leave all the arguments to those with much superior knowledge of such issues
Perhaps that's why it's called a Cryptic because nobody really knows?.......Anyhow hope those interested in such things find this interesting.
Many thanks for all the comments on yesterday's image I posted and for the get well wishes. I have to see the Community Psychiatric Nurse & Doctor on Tuesday and all being well I get then green light to get back to some form of normality and be allowed out to play again
In the meantime, I'll hopefully catch up with what everyone has been up to over the weekend.
Best regards to all.......Ade
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