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Moth of the Day
This is one of the unusual Pterophidae (plume moth) family which rests with its wings tightly folded or rolled and so resembles a ’T-shape’. Some of this family have quite distinctive markings, but the Common Plume is quite plane.
It is a moth I find regularly in my front porch. As a white alcove open to the elements but largely sheltered and with a motion-sensor light, it is a bit of a moth trap. I have recorded 27 species of moth in my porch in the last year or so and Common Plume is the third most commonly found so far.
Hopefully this proves that you don’t even need any equipment to start mothing. Identification is a challenge with moths, but there are some great books and some of the recording members of our organisation (me included) would be happy to try and help you settle on an ID if you want to send any photos through.
During this time of self-distancing, finding moths around your home and garden can be a good activity.
Lichen of the day