Unfortunately this moth got caught in a spider's web overnight in the porch, so I guess a night flyer. I put it back together as well as I could for the photograph. It had very thin wings with a pearly sheen. I looked online for similar moths, the closest being the Olive Pearl Moth. Please can someone help with ID. Thanks.
I don't think this is an Olive Pearl moth, but to be fair I don't think anyone could ID this without doing a genital dissection. The reason it looks this way is that most of its scales are missing, something that happens to moths with age. I have to say I've not seen one this bad in some time, but it is the natural way they go, loosing their camoflage as their lives come to the end and there for being eaten by birds, spiders etc. I can totally see where you were going with the Olive Pearl as the only scales left on this poor soul are the ones on that leading edgle of wing, but I do doubt thats the case here.
Hope this helps
If I had to guess, I'd say it was one of the 'carpet' moths
(which, unlike carpet beetles, are not a threat to carpets).
We had one on NaturePlus just yesterday
Thanks for replying.
After Crystal's reply, I am intrigued as to how you can guess the species. Is it the shape? Or what has happened to the scales? Or experience? Whatever it is I bow to your knowledge!
It is an impression, based on shape of the forewing, shape overall (a common pose for carpets), the apical dot (a feature of many carpets), time of year, and some sort of feeling for size (you have not indicated). There are other species that would fit, but carpets are common, so that's in favour, guessing-wise.