I've just moved house and found a very unusual fly/moth type insect infesting my hallway. I'm no insect expert, but i can usually distinguish a insect type - this has me baffled, though, and i would like to know if it is a native insect or not. I live in a very multi-cultural area of the UK, with neighbours from every country you can think of. Recently a foreign caterpillar was found around the corner from my new house and it bred like the clappers - totally ruined the local park!
Anyway, i'm struggling to get a photo - i haven't finished unpacking so i can't find my camera, and my Blackberry is truly pants, so i'll upload what i have, and describe as best i can. Currently there's about 30 of then on my hallway ceiling near the window, which is the old polystyrene tile type. They are still and unmoving, hence why i figured they may be moths. I also haven't seen them come in during the day, or noticed them before this morning, so i suspect them came in during the evening - it's hot and i've left the window open.
The actual insect is about 1cm in length, and appears to be about 2-4mm almost tubular bodies that point up ever so slightly at the tail, and the tail has what looks like a black dot on the end. They are grey-silver in colour, i'm presuming they are winged (they look like they are). The sides of the bodies appear to have a symmetrical pattern of the tiniest black dots (in 3 or 4 lines down each side) i've ever seen. The front legs are quite prominent, the back legs appear to be hidden under the body/wings, so i have no idea how many legs they have.
I've just never come across an insect like this before, and as i have a phobia of most insects, it's kind of freaking me out a bit!!
Thanks in advance for any help or insight you can give me,
It looks like it could be anything. But from your description... one thing it can be is something from Yponeumetidae, like for instance Yponomeuta evonymella, Y. padellaorY. malinellus. There are many more species, and they all look the same. They are nocturnal and attracted by light and could have entered through your open window.