71.020 Pterostoma palpina (Pale Prominent)
fw: 18-25mm (W&T), ws: 42-60mm (MBGBI9); bivoltine May-Jun, Jul-Aug; aspen & other poplars (Populus spp), willows (Salix spp); common in England & Wales, local in Scotland.
ID: Antenna bipectinate, weakly so in female; (?the only member of the family with) long porrect labial palps; proboscis rudimentary; eyes glabrous. Looks more like a piece of broken wood than a moth. Palps porrect, anal tufts bifurcate, mid-dorsal dark scale tuft, pale straw-coloured with dark-lined veins, spots and a variable brownish median cross-band.
§1 Newborough Forest, Anglesey; 03/08/2007; male; fw 19.6mm
§2 Ham Fen, Kent; 22/05/2010; male
§3 Cyffdy Farm, Gwynedd; 23/06/2010; male
§4 Winterton, Norfolk; 11/06/2015; male; fw 19.5mm; to light
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