Attracted to MV light.
No interactions present.
The picture looks spot on for Tinea trinotella comparing with the picture in Chris Manley's photographic guide and this suggests they are abundant in birds nests. I wondered if it came to a moth trap of did you actually find it in a birds nest?
I use the electronic (iPad) version of the Manley guide, the problem I have with that is that the text is so sparse (and the coverage rather arbitrary) that I can never tell if a good match in Manley is a safe ID.
This moth has now been looked at by my local moth expert who has confirmed the ID.
I have the same feeling about identifications based on the pictures in the Manley guide and it would be great if there was more detailed text. I am still in the fairly early stages of learning re moth identification and at present I would rather take a chance on getting an identification wrong because I always learn a lot from the comments I get back. Also I guess it is quicker but I do enjoy researching when I can make the time. I look forward to the time when someone produces a comprehensive, up to date, well illustrated guide with decent text and maybe some referencing as well.
From the limited attempts I've made to use it I am quite impressed with the new "Field Guide to the Micro-moths of Great Britain and Ireland" by Sterling, Parsons and Lewington. Could significantly improve my micro identification hit rate.
That is excellent timing - the last time I looked was just before my birthday in April - I will get that ASAP. Thanks.
Lat/Lng: 51.546762058095, -0.33246517181396
OS grid ref: TQ157844