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Snout Moths (Pyralidae)

The family of Snout Moths, also referred to as Pyralid Moths, consists of over 200 British species. In rest they immediately stand out among all other micro moths, for they keep their antennae over their wings. So any moth in rest having their antennae fully exposed belong to this group. The English common name of Snout Moths is less accurate. Many members of this family have big snouts indeed, especially the Grass Moths, but others have unobtrusive snouts. Thus it is better to judge this family by the visible antennae. Nowadays some of the subfamilies have been put in families of their own, but still most moth experts treat the Pyralids as one group. Some are very beautiful animals indeed, such as the China Marks. Others are very small, but attractively coloured and well known by many, such as the Mint Moth. The family is divided various subfamilies.


Rose-flounced Tabby Endotricha flammealis

Small and in two varieties: light and dark. Flies in broad daylight. more....


Subfamily: Tabbies (Pyralinae)


Large Tabby Aglossa pinguinalis

Closely related to the previous species, but far less colourful. more...


Subfamily: Tabbies (Pyralinae)


Gold Triangle Hypsopygia costalis

The beautiful purple Gold Triangle is similar to the Mintmoth below, but only flies by night. more...


Subfamily: Tabbies (Pyralinae)


Mintmoth Pyrausta aurata

Strikingly beautiful, but small moth on the wing during day time. more...


Subfamily: Pyraustinae


Small Magpie Moth Eurrhypara hortulata

Very beautiful, very big and very often seen. more...


Subfamily: Pyraustinae


Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis

When this species is present, it often is on the wing in huge numbers. more...


Subfamily: Pyraustinae


Perinephela lancealis

Unmistakable large species with pointed wings. more...


Subfamily: Pyraustinae


Udea prunalis

The zigzag line, the dark round dot and the white underbody and legs give this one away. more...


Subfamily: Pyraustinae


Agriphila straminella

This species has beautiful blue eyes, is active during daylight and is also called Agriphila culmella. more...


Subfamily: Grass Moths (Crambinae)


Agriphila tristella

Usually unmistakable because of the white smear all over the front wing. more...


Subfamily: Grass Moths (Crambinae)


Garden Grass-veneer Chrysoteuchia culmella

This species pops up in lawns regularly. Sometimes it is striped, sometimes it is not. Has a band near the end of the wing, usually containing a dot. more...


Subfamily: Grass Moths (Crambinae)

Crambus lathoniellus

Extremely difficult to identify, but it is rather dark and the markings do help... experts that is. more...


Subfamily: Grass Moths (Crambinae)


Catoptria permutatella

This species is not seen very often. There are similar species, but these are uncommon or even rare as well. more...


Subfamily: Grass Moths (Crambinae)


False Veneer Catoptria falsella

The False Veneer is a well marked and unmistakable grass moth. more...


Subfamily: Grass Moths (Crambinae)


Pearl-band Grass Veneer Catoptria margaritella

The Pearl-band Grass Veneer is one of the most common Veneers and can be found all over Britain. more...


Subfamily: Grass Moths (Crambinae)


Chilo phragmitellus

Maybe you don't believe it, but when this species stretches its wings, it is the same size as the Green-veined White. more...


Subfamily: Grass Moths (Crambinae)


Small China Mark, male Cataclysta lemnata

The male is small, but incredibly beautiful compared to the bigger female. more...


Subfamily: China-marks (Nymphulinae)


Small China Mark, female Cataclysta lemnata

The female is dull, compared to the male, but a lot bigger. more...


Subfamily: China-marks (Nymphulinae)


Beautiful China-mark Nymphula stagnata

Because it is so beautiful, it is called the Beautiful China-mark. more...


Subfamily: China-marks (Nymphulinae)


Ringed China Mark male Parapoynx stratiotata

The male is an unmistakable moth: white and with a clear ring. more...


Subfamily: China-marks (Nymphulinae)


Ringed China Mark female Parapoynx stratiotata

The female looks like many other dull brown moths. Luckily the ring always helps out! more...


Subfamily: China-marks (Nymphulinae)


Brown China Mark Elophila nymphaeata

This moth is more beautiful than the photograph it is in. more...


Subfamily: China-marks (Nymphulinae)


Evergestis pallidata

Typical species of woodlands and marshes. more...


Subfamily: Evergestinae


Brown Grey Scoparia ambigualis

This and the next two species are extremely similar. The Brown Grey is the biggest, but it is also the most variable of the three more...


Subfamily: Scopariinae


Eudonia truncicolella

Almost identical to the species above and the one below. Not even experts find great enjoyment identifying these species. more...


Subfamily: Scopariinae


Dipleurina lacustrata

Almost identical to the two species above. And there are even more of them! Luckily only three species have been showing up in our garden so far. more...


Subfamily: Scopariinae


Dioryctria sylvestrella

Lots of similar animals in the genus Dioryctria, commonly known as Coneworm Moths. This is one of the few that's not too hard to identify. more...


Subfamily: Phycitinae


Spruce Coneworm Moth Dioryctria abietella

Dioryctria abietella is marked more contrasting then its nephew above. It is also known as the Pine Knothorn Moth. more...


Subfamily: Phycitinae


Acrobasis consociella

This species rather looks like a Tortrix. more...


Subfamily: Phycitinae


Porphyry Knothorn Moth Trachycera suavella

Largest and darkest species from this genus. Often referred to as Numonia suavella. more...


Subfamily: Phycitinae


Phycita roborella

Only the male of Phycita roborella has antennae shaped this way. more...


Subfamily: Phycitinae


Indian Meal Moth Plodia interpunctella

Imported from Asia and now a pest in stored food. Usually found indoors. more...


Subfamily: Phycitinae


Bee Moth Aphomia sociella

Males and females of the Bee Moth differ considerably. In this picture a male. more...


Subfamily: Wax Moths (Galleriinae)
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