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Micro-moth query

Observed: 28th August 2012 By: DaudiDaudi’s reputation in InvertebratesDaudi’s reputation in InvertebratesDaudi’s reputation in Invertebrates
Moth-Micro-27Aug
Description:

Small, only 10mm across. A Crambid? Have not been able to identify, but resting pose did seem to be like this.

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Daudi's picture

Pyrausta

Thanks for response - helpful as always. Have been back to Hantsmoths (great website) and have taken note, now, that the purple coloring goes quickly to leave a basically brown moth - which got me misled. Also, on the basis of their species info, may I suggest this is P.aurata? Smaller, fewer markings on forewing, and more common on IOW esp in gardens (where seen). They do say, though, it's the most commonly mis-identified micro!

Daudi

chrisbrooks's picture

Mint Moth

To be honest I think it could be either as the gold / yellow markings are indistinct as the moth is worn. That's why I think you would need to see the hind wings to be sure. Hence the Pyrausta ID.

DavidHowdon's picture

Commoner

Aurata is the commonest but from the upperside markings I think this one is closer to purpuralis but this is not reliable and as Chris says a view of the hindwing would be necessary to get further.

Daudi's picture

Pyrausta

Thanks again for comments, everyone. Appreciated.

Daudi