These moths were trapped at Mudchute Park and Farm (just North of the river of Greenwich Park). Can anyone please help ID these three? Any pointers of distinguishing characters for future ID would be greatly appreciated!
Apologies for the variable photo quality!
The first two moths are about 25cm long (possibly same species?) and the last is notably smaller and greyer, maybe 20cm.
The first two are the same species they are Square-spot Rustic Xestia xanthographa, quite a variable species, the square shape of the reniform stigma (the kidney shaped mark) and its lightness compared to the background wing colour are diagnostic. It's quite common this time of year.
The second one is Pale Mottled Willow Paradrina clavipalpis the dots down the side with the mottled look of the wing are diagnostic on them.
This moth is Flounced Rustic Luperina testacea, the 'Captial i' shape on the wings is a give away for this one, along with the lovely curvy cross lines.
If there is a good key for any of the moths I'm not aware of it, someone else may know of one. I would think it would be difficult especially with the Noctuids due to so many similar markings, and so many confusion species that require dissection for positive ID.
I use the Field Guide to Moths of Great Britain and Ireland, and HantsMoths along with UKMoths for IDing.