This small moth, only about 10mm long, appeared in my study window today. This led me to the joys of trying to identify what sort of moth it is. There appear to be many very similar sorts of moth with similar grey mottling. A keyword search came up with this mottled beauty. I don’t know if this is a correct identification, the proboscis looks too long, but this moth certainly has the characteristic of mottled beauty!
Any comment offering a correct identification would be most welcome.
The macro photograph certainly shows levels of dirt hardly visible to the naked eye! So I won’t give an image with full detail. Time to clean in the corners of that window frame.
2 thoughts on “Mottled Beauty”
Hi Barry. Nice pic. I thought I might be able to help with the ID. It is a one of the Scoparia/Eudonia micromoths, many of whose caterpillars feed on mosses. It is possibly Scoparia basistrigalis, although as a group they can be quite tricky to identify to species.
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Thanks, Ross. I think you’re right. Scoparia basistrigalis seems to fit the bill.