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Jun 10, 2013 3:00 PM

Moth identification requested

I saw this insect on a window on 22nd May, in Warwckshire. When it took off, it appeared to be a relatively small moth and a got an impression of an I distinct light and dark pattern on its wings.

The width of the wooden window frame member behind it is 39mm so I estimate its full width to be 51mm.

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    Jun 10, 2013 3:12 PM (in response to guyinnovo)
    Re: Moth identification requested

    It looks bizarre, doesn't it?

     

    My mind goes to the longhorned moths of the Adelidae family, such as Nemophora degeerella

    http://ukmoths.org.uk/systematic.php#Adelidae

    But the body does not fit with your specimen, and the antennae are always very slender.

     

    Also, I am having difficulty believing that those antennae-like things are really part of the moth; they'd be a serious impediment to flight. Arethey really that thick (maybe it is partly an optical effect, due to not being in good focus?) Please can you confirm that the antennae are as thick as they seem and that they went with the moth when it flew!

     

    I'll do some more thinking meanwhile...

     

    Mike

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