Wednesday, 28 May 2014

The 'Dishwasher Moth'

This pretty micro landed on the dishwasher whilst I was emptying it.  I have tentatively identified it as Triaxomera parasitella.  This is plausible because there is a basket containing logs parked next to the dishwasher.



6 comments:

  1. It looks more like Skin Moth to me, Chris, but that's first glance...

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    1. Sam, I gather that you're away so it may not be possible for you to check, but I believe that George got it right when he suggested Cork Moth. The book illustrations I've seen aren't too convincing but the one on the Hants Moths website is spot on.

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  2. Just to throw another name into the mix...I would have called this Nemapogon cloacella, Cork Moth.

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  3. George, I think that you're right. I Googled N. cloacella and amongst the numerous images one in particular, from the Hants Moths site, was a dead ringer for my moth, same mosaic pattern of brown, black and white. At least I got the right family!

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  4. Sorry, that'll teach me not to use English names: I meant Nemapogon (Cork Moth) not Monopis (Skin Moth). Stick to Latin every time!!

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  5. Thank you Sam & George for your help on this, I'm just very glad to get a positive i.d., and a new species for me here, albeit probably quite a common one.

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