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Observed: 26th July 2013 By: WithielGarden
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Description:

This moth was in our conservatory. It is about 4cm long. Orange-yellow in colour, lines on it are brown, small spot is off-white.
Very long nose.
We back onto farmland - the field next to the house is only used for grazing (currently cattle) and is not heavily grazed. We are at the top of a fairly exposed valley - further down the valley is more farmland and some woods.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Drinker (Euthrix potatoria) interacts

Comments

amelialake's picture

Hi, We are in Inches and

Hi,

We are in Inches and someone identified the moth we found as the Drinker too. Ours was not yellow though and I don't think it had a long nose. Have you found lots of these?

Amelia

Martin Harvey's picture

colour

Yours was probably a male drinker moth, as the males are more of a brown colour. The yellowish colour shown in this observation indicates that it is a female. See:
http://ukmoths.org.uk/show.php?id=2149

The long 'nose' is formed by the palps (part of the mouthparts) and both sexes normally have them, but sometimes moth palps get damaged and they aren't so obvious (the Snout moth normally has a long 'nose' formed by its palps in the same way, and every so often you see a Snout that has lost its snout - very confusing!).

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