Sunday, June 6, 2010

Mystery Moth


Can any moth expert our there help me with the identification of this moth? It was about 10-12mm. long and I found it inside a bird nest box that I was cleaning out.

10 comments:

  1. Phil. Could it be a female Bee Moth Aphomia sociella.

    See here:
    http://ukmoths.org.uk/show.php?id=152

    John

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  2. 1428 Bee Moth Aphomia sociella gets my vote.

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  3. Hi Adrian and John, thanks to you both, much appreciated. The nest box hadn't been used for several years and did contain traces of what might have been a bees' nest so I'm inclined to think that's what it probably is - looks like the picture on UK Moths. My knowledge of moth ID is woefully poor - especially the smaller species.

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  4. Hi Tim, Interesting that the bees should have nested in this blue tit nest box. I've now quite a few people who have bought purpose-built bumblebee nest boxes and they've never been occupied by anything other than spiders ....

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  5. Hi Adrian, well, you're one up on me.... I didn't have a clue what it was!

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  6. Must be a thing about moths just now! I was hoping you could identify one for me here Phil.

    http://sedgedunumwarbler.blogspot.com/2010/06/killy-and-lamesley-meadows.html

    It's the one in the last photo in John's post.

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  7. Hi Lesley, it looks like a green longhorn moth Adela reamurella (but there are several closely related, very similar species)...

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