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Garden Grass-veneer Chrysoteuchia culmella (Linnaeus, 1758)

Chrysoteuchia culmella
  • Family: Crambidae, Subfamily: Crambinae; BF: 1293
  • Cambridge 30 Jun 2002
  • Often found resting head-down on grass, but here underneath a Azalea twig
  • The orange tint is not always obvious: not on photos anyway
  • Larvae feed on grass stems
  • NBN Atlas


Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer Agriphila geniculea (Haworth, 1811)

Agriphila geniculea
  • Family: Crambidae, Subfamily: Crambinae; BF: 1309
  • Cambridge, Mill Road Cemetery TL462582, 7 Sep 2014
  • Distinguished by the strongly elbowed cross-lines on the wings
  • Larva inhabits a flimsy silken gallery at the base of small grasses such as Festuca ovina.
  • NBN Atlas


Eudonia angustea (Curtis,1827)

Eudonia angustea
  • Family: Crambidae, Subfamily: Scopariinae; BF: 1342
  • Cambridge (garden) 5 Apr 2017
  • An autumn-flying moth
  • More common in coastal regions
  • NBN Atlas


Pyrausta aurata (Scopoli 1763)

Pyrausta aurata Pyrausta purpuralis
  • Family: Crambidae, Subfamily: Pyraustinae; BF: 1361
  • Cambridge (garden) (left) 26 May 2001; (right) 22 Jul 2001
  • Wingspan (resting): 12mm Length (head + body): 6mm
  • A daylight-flying moth which frequents the herbs and soft fruit area of the my garden. Larvae feed on mint (Mentha).
  • Pyrausta purpuralis (Linnaeus, 1758) is somewhat similar, but the stripe which spans the resting wings is bolder, and the inner part has a distinctive reverse crescent shape. See UKMoths. So it seems these are both more-or-less worn P. aurata.
  • NBN Atlas


Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Eurrhypara hortulata
  • Family: Crambidae, Subfamily: Pyraustinae; BF: 1376
  • Cambridge (garden) 21 Jun 2002
  • Larvae feed on nettles
  • NBN Atlas


Phlyctaenia coronata (Hufnagel, 1767)

Phlyctaenia coronata
  • Family: Crambidae, Subfamily: Pyraustinae; BF: 1378
  • Cambridge (garden) 7 Jul 2001
  • Larvae feed on young leaves of elder, also Syringa, Convolvulus, Fraxinus, Ligustrum, Viburnum, & Helianthus.
  • NBN Atlas


Udea olivalis (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

Udea olivalis
  • Family: Crambidae, Subfamily: Pyraustinae; BF: 1392
  • Cambridge 14 Jun 2002
  • Butterfly-shape white mark is distinctive
  • Larva are said to feed on Stachys, Urtica, Rumex, Humulus, Sambucus and Lonicera.
  • NBN Atlas


Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis (Scopoli, 1763)

Pleuroptya ruralis
  • Family: Crambidae, Subfamily: Pyraustinae; BF: 1405
  • Cambridge, garden, 3 Aug 2001
  • Quite large for a "micro" moth
  • Larvae feed on nettles
  • NBN Atlas


Gold triangle Hypsopygia costalis (Fabricius, 1775)

Hypsopygia costalis
  • Family: Crambidae, Subfamily: Pyralinae; BF: 1413
  • Cambridge, garden (kitchen window), 18 Sep 2001
  • Wingspan 18mm
  • Larvae feed on dry plant material
  • NBN Atlas


Bee moth Aphomia sociella (Linnaeus, 1758)

Aphomia sociella
  • Family: Pyralidae, Subfamily: Galleriinae; BF: 1428
  • Cambridge (inside kitchen window), 14 Jun 2002
  • Length 16mm
  • Larvae feed on the combs inside bee and wasp nests.
  • NBN Atlas


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