Mothly Harmless

The light got left on in the bathroom overnight which, combined with a slightly open window, meant we woke to a bathroom full of moths.

Some were beautifully camouflaged, or at least they would have been had they decided to hang out among dead leaves instead of being lured into the dubious charms of a bathroom

Rolled-up-dead-leaf moth?

(UPDATE – this is probably in fact Agriphila tristella although I still like my name better)

Others were frankly dotty

Dalmation moth?

(UPDATE – this is in fact probably the Bird-cherry Ermine)

And some were just quietly elegant.

minimalist neutrals moth?

(Probably in fact the Small Fan-footed Wave)

Thanks to Paperboy’s Dad for the identifications. Don’t moths have splendid names?

8 Responses to Mothly Harmless

  1. Flighty says:

    I see that your moth recognition is as good as mine! xx

  2. disgruntled says:

    Damn, you mean those aren’t their real names?

  3. The Paper Boy says:

    According to a mothist (my dad in fact):

    No 1 is a micro moth – looks like 1304 Agriphila Straminella.
    No 2 is a micro moth – looks like 0424 Bird-Cherry Ermine.
    No 3 is a macro moth – looks like 1702 Small Fan-footed Wave.

  4. disgruntled says:

    Wow. What fantastic names. Ermine is about right for the spotty one

  5. disgruntled says:

    Although I think the top one is Apgriphila tristella, based on the pictures on UK moths.

  6. The Paper Boy says:

    Well he didn’t have any dimensions to work from, nor any data on location… he’s reasonably active over on UKM – and has some epic tomes of lepidoptericness to consult – still now you know (or probably know) 🙂

  7. disgruntled says:

    I’m pretty impressed all the same – wouldn’t have got even halfway without some names to google

  8. […] Every leaf had been eaten down to the stalk, and the whole tree webbed in caterpillar silk. Intensive googling* suggests that the culprit was the bird cherry ermine caterpillar (we got the adult version in the house when we inadvertently turned our bathroom into a big light trap). […]

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