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Mystery Moth in garden foliage


I moved it out of the foliage & it settled quite naturally into this 'open' position: actual size about 3cm across. (note swept back antennae - is this usual?).

Any ideas as to species? [I'm in coastal SW Wales].


  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 35,520

    Its The Small Magpie Moth


    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,875

    Small Magpie I think

  • ShepsSheps West YorkshirePosts: 1,315

    Looks like a Small Magpie to me, was a little confused by the blue hue to the wings, but I guess there was a light source used on the camera, which is reacting with iridescence of the scales.


  • ShepsSheps West YorkshirePosts: 1,315

    Snap!!! image

    Looks like it's conclusive, David image

  • Thanks for your 'unanimous' responses, Ladybird4, Nutcutlet & Sheps!! Terrific response times!!, (as ever). *Yes, I did use flash when I went indoors - else the fluorescent overhead would have given a very different rendition of the kitchen wall as background (primrose, I think!). [Note to self: full flash can be a bit overpowering at close quarters for detailed insect/ flower photography].

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,875

    These turn up in the moth trap from time to time, never seen one otherwise

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