Thursday, 24 April 2014

Great Peacock Moth

My friend Alex McCune found this impressive character sat on his door today in Sowerby Bridge.
Probably an escapee, maybe from the Jungle Experience at Manor Heath although it wasn't open
when we tried to contact them. Would be interesting if we could get confirmation from them or
of any other possible non migratory origins.  It's in spectacularly good nick if it's made it all the
way here from southern Europe.

12 comments:

AndyC said...

This is from the Yorkshire recorder Charlie Fletcher .......Very odd indeed! UKMoths says “a favourite amongst livestock breeders” so I should think it’s been bred. Rather interesting though!! We must document it somehow but I’m not sure if we add it to the county list or not. I’ll try to get further guidance......Can you please put all details on please ie where and when...etc

Andy Greaves said...

yeah will do. I bet it is from manor heath I'll try ringing em tomoz. I'll ask my mate for his precise address, house is down near moorings pub

AndyC said...

I have never seen this species in the Jungle experience...?? but I aint been in this year....as yet. Great moth and great find..

charlie streets said...

At a guess I'd say it was a well meaning (but illegal) release. What else can they do with them except feeding them sugar solution and wait for them to die in captivity?

Still, it's an intriguing record.

charlie streets said...

Just been in to the Jungle Experience (as it's on my doorstep) and had a word with the lady at the till. She says the only moth pupae they buy are the Atlas Moth, so definitely not that one!

When I explained it had eye spots she suggested Owl Butterfly which is vaguely similar but still not the one.

So it's pretty certain it's come from elsewhere

Andy Greaves said...

Thanks Charlie, just managed to get hold of a bloke there by phone with, of course, a similar response. Guess we'll never know for sure where it came from but your idea seems the most likely

Alex McCune said...

what i want to know is, what makes the sighting in Hampshire in 1984 any more credible than my discovery!!?? How do we know that one wasn't an escaped moth? How can we be sure that this moth isn't very lost?

AndyC said...

True, there must be a list of people who rear these moths.??It may have come from London or Cornwall pr hebden ,who knows.? I am waiting for news from the Yorkshire recorder..

AndyC said...

Hi Andy

We’ve been having a chat about how to treat this record. It’s a tricky one as it is highly unlikely to have arrived under its own steam, but that of course could be said of other species on the county list. The new checklist sets a precedent of what to do with records like this and puts it in an Appendix A. We’ve decided to have our own Appendix A on the county list and will put this species in it along with a few others. It already has a number following the one in Hampshire in 1984 (and one in the same county since) – 68.0001 – so we don’t need to make one up. If you could let me know the gridref sometime I’ll stick it on the system.

Cheers

Charlie

Andy Greaves said...

Hi Charlie SE 06335 23659

AndyC said...

Are there any other photos of the moth...

Andy Greaves said...

Sorry Andy aint been on site for a while. Yes I'll put one up