White-shouldered House-moth Endrosis sarcitrella

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White-shouldered House-moth Endrosis sarcitrella

28.009 (BF648) White-shouldered House-moth Endrosis sarcitrella (Linnaeus, 1758)

Wingspan 15-21mm. Forewing length 6-9mm.

Most notable is the white shoulders and prothorax of this moth.

White-shouldered House-moth Endrosis sarcitrella

The adult can be seen any month of the years and is reaily attracted to light. Found in various habitats, but especially in houses and outbuildings. Common and widespread throughout. The larva feeds on a variety of detritus, including dead animal and vegetable matter. It also feeds on stored grain produce, and can become a pest.

© Pete Hillman August and September 2017.

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Ruddy Streak Tachystola acroxantha

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Tachystola acroxantha

Ruddy Streak Tachystola acroxantha (Meyrick, 1885) 28.024 BF656

Wingspan 13-15mm. Forewing length 6 to 9mm. Quite a colourful little moth with a series of dark spots on its forewings.

Ruddy Streak Tachystola acroxantha

The adult flies April to December, and can be seen in gardens. An adventive species from Australia. Fairly common in some areas, and expanding its range north. The larva feed on leaf-litter.

© Pete Hillman July and September 2017.

Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella

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Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella

This is one of those moths that you will suddenly find appearing on your house walls, being very much attracted to the  lights. A small, brownish moth with a series of dark markings on the forewings. Forewing length 7 to 11mm.

Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella

The adults are possibly seen all year round if the conditions are favourable, but more often during the summer period. Often found in and around buildings, and common and widespread throughout Britain. Originally an Asian species introduced to Europe in the 1840s. The larva feed on a wide variety of dead animal and vegetable matter.

© Pete Hillman June 2017.