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Aug 13, 2013 1:47 PM

Small mottled brown moth, Cyprus

SW Cyprus.

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,

Mike

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    Aug 13, 2013 2:51 PM (in response to MikeHardman)
    Re: Small mottled brown moth, Cyprus

    Hi Mike,

    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.

    Lepidoptera.eu

     

    Hope this helps

    Crystal

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          Aug 13, 2013 5:48 PM (in response to MikeHardman)
          Re: Small mottled brown moth, Cyprus

          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.

           

          Well done!!

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