DSC01880 Mystery Noctuid

DSC01880 Mystery Noctuid

Observation - DSC01880 Mystery Noctuid - UK and Ireland. Description: A real mystery - found in my house at lunchtime on 4/9/11 and very active. With wings closed I would say it is a sqaure spot rustic, one of my commoner moths. But as its wings fluttered it displayed a band on underwing, which second pic shows, if only

A real mystery - found in my house at lunchtime on 4/9/11 and very active.

With wings closed I would say it is a sqaure spot rustic, one of my commoner moths. But as its wings fluttered it displayed a band on underwing, which second pic shows, if only very blurred. Like a Large yellow underwing pattern (though too small for most of that species, right size for SS Rustic). The back wing was a creamy colour rather than a definite yellow.

A local expert thought they must be photos of two different specimens but they are definitely the same moth. If I'd realised it was genuinely a mystery, rather than my inexperience in moth id, I wouldn't have released it to the garden....

We decided it was probably an aberrant individual but I thought I'd throw it out as a challenge on iSpot.