Last July I saw this moth in a light trap (the codling moth brought a friend).
The best I can pin it down to is Diurnea fagella, but I don't think the wing shape is quite right.
I know it is a terrible photo but would anyone be able to ID it?
Thanks for taking a look.
I think you're right about Diurnea fagella being wrong; close but not close enough.
I think itt might be Scoparia ambigualis, though it is not usually on the wing (in the UK) until May
- Scoparia basistrigalis
http://www.lepiforum.de/lepiwiki.pl?Scoparia_Basistrigalis (for more examples, showing variation)
- Eudonia truncicolella (but too early)
Several members of the Scopariinae are difficult to distinguish other than by genitalia, so you may have to accept that a confident ID may not be possible from a photo.
I've been having another look and I think it could also be Dipleurina / Eudonia lacustrata (1338)
I think you are right in saying I won't be able to get a confirmed ID.
Well, that is a very close match to the photos of the two brownish individuals on Norfolkmoths - true.
- Eudonia lacustrata is not on the wing until June (July according to UKmoths)
- the photo of the brownish specimen does not match the description on UKmoths ('identifiable by its rather plain creamy or greyish central portion of the wing') - making me wonder if those two brownish individuals on Norfolkmoths have been misIDd... (they greyish ones I have no problem with)
...It is an especially grey area!