This species is fairly common just now, flying both at night (to light) and during the daytime (fluttering low over the ground).
Wingspan ~19mm, 'length' in normal resting pose ~10mm.
This pose (see photo) is not quite typical, but it shows the markings on the hind wings and abdomen.
Thanks for your consideration,
I'm 100% sure that nothing I'm about to say is anything new to you, I'm sure you've already considered this but here goes... I think this is Pyrasusta despicata. Its such a variable moth both on the forewing and underwing that I think you have a fantastically marked specimen here.
I did find a couple of very useful links in looking to make sure Cyprus has no others I might not be aware of, and although there are a few other EU mainland species, none fit your photo.
Here is a link which has a good selection of P. despicata in which you can see a combination of your markings on various individuals.
This was also a very good link for not just this family but others in different countries, maybe someone might find useful.
Hope this helps
Thank you very much for applying your time and knowledge.
P. despicata is as close as I could come, but I did not mention it since I did not want to prejudice your answer. I value your opinion.
I know those sites; Lepidoptera.eu is one of my regulars (http://www.leps.it, too).
There is also a good selection of photos here - http://www.lepiforum.de/lepiwiki.pl?Pyrausta_Despicata, where the species is noted as being highly variable.
What I am not clear about is the nature of the variability in this species. I wonder if it is somewhat random, whether we are looking at seasonal forms, or geographical races. 'My' moths are highly unvariable - they all have very much the same pattern as the one I showed. (But I shall have to look back over some other photos to check I don't have another of the forms lurking in my 'to be ID' folders.)
Despite the variability shown in the various photos in the various websites, mine seems to differ in at least one consistent respect - the pair of dark spots near the middle of the forewing. They don't exist in any of the other photos. Also, many of the other phtotos show obvious stigmata on the forewings; that is never the case with my specimens. Further point: I have not found photos of this species from Cyprus.
Therefore, I wonder if this is a Cyprus race of P. despicata, perhaps yet to be recognized as such.
I shall post on lepiforum.de (where some seriously good moth experts hang out), hopefully find out, and update this discussion accordingly.
I did have some other moths tentatively IDd as Pyrausta despicata, and in my notes under 'similar species' I had
(actually in a different subfamily of the Crambidae - Odontiinae)
This has been very intereseting for me to learn about a few things, and I am happy that you have been able to solve your mystery, I know how those can eat at your thoughts....lol I appreciate you posting and being able to see the process, I'm also jealous of your organizational skills to have notes and be able to locate them in relation to this query.
...'Organizational skills'... Nice of you to say so.
All things relative, I guess. If I had been really organized, I'd have found my 'similar species' notes before posting here at all. (But then we wouldn't have had this conversation.)
Since moving to Cyprus and embarking on the moths of Cyprus, I've been using Picasa 3 as a photo management tool. It has many annoyances, but enough useful features that I continue to use it. But I do find it very frustrating that I don't have a better mechanism for getting back to moths I've already IDd (given a specimen I'm trying to ID). If I had fewer moths in my universe of candidates, it might be easier; but there's about 2,000 here in Cyprus (and I've photographed a lot less than that).