I found a batch of ten nocturnal moths on my lit window yesterday evening. They were about between 12 - 15mm wide. Any idea what they would be?
If you don't get at answer in the group you can try posting it here https://community.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/f/all-creatures/196070/mostly-moths-2018/1221500#1221500 someone will know what it is.
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A quote from Hazel over on the Moth Thread
"Im officially on stike over the state of the new forum however I can never resist a moth! This looks like Winter moth Operophtera brumata & it's a male as the females are flightless & sit on tree trunks waiting for a man to pass by! "
In reply to Alan:
Many thanks to Hazel and Liz Still for confirmation ID. I did get a more definitive photo which also confirms this.
Thanks Alan for the suggestion.
In reply to John & Judith Rogers:
Received confirmation of Northern Winter Moth (Operophtera fagata) from Liz Still, I meant to say. A further image showed it to be paler and silkier and forewings more tapered than the Winter Moth. I have a damson orchard at the back of the house and the literature indicates that one of its larval foodplants are plum trees - so habitat would be right.
We don't get Operophtera fagata in our part of France but from the size & colour it looks like my local one! Well done to Liz for the correct ID.
Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France
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