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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 into various subfamilies.


Photograph of Endotricha flammealis
Rose-flounced Tabby Endotricha flammealis

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


Subfamily: Tabbies (Pyralinae)


foto Aglossa pinguinalis
Large Tabby Aglossa pinguinalis

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


Subfamily: Tabbies (Pyralinae)


foto Hypsopygia costalis
Gold Triangle Hypsopygia costalis

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


Subfamily: Tabbies (Pyralinae)


foto Pyrausta aurata
Mintmoth Pyrausta aurata

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


Subfamily: Pyraustinae


foto Pyrausta despicata
Straw-barred Pearl Pyrausta despicata

The Straw-barred Pearl is an extremely variable and very small moth. It too flies by day regularly. more...


Subfamily: Pyraustinae


photograph Anania hortulata
Small Magpie Moth Anania hortulata

Very beautiful, very big and very often seen: the Small Magpie Moth. more...


Subfamily: Pyraustinae


Photograph Pleuroptya ruralis
Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis

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


Subfamily: Pyraustinae


Photograph Perinephela lancealis
Long-winged Pearl Perinephela lancealis

The Long-winged Pearl is an unmistakable large species with pointed wings. more...


Subfamily: Pyraustinae


Photograph Udea prunalis
Dusky Pearl Udea prunalis

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


Subfamily: Pyraustinae


Photograph Common Grass Moth
Common Grass Moth Agriphila straminella

The Common Grass Moth has beautiful blue eyes and is active during daylight. more...


Subfamily: Grass Moths (Crambinae)


photograph of Agriphila tristella
Common Grass-veneer Agriphila tristella

the Common Grass-veneer usually is unmistakable because of the white smear all over the front wing. more...


Subfamily: Grass Moths (Crambinae)


Photograph of Chrysoteuchia culmella
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)


Photograph of Crambus lathoniellus
Hook-streaked Grass-Veneer Crambus lathoniellus

The Hook-streaked Grass-Veneer is extremely difficult to identify, but it is rather dark and the markings do help... experts that is. more...


Subfamily: Grass Moths (Crambinae)


Photograph of Crambus pratella
Scarce Grass-veneer Crambus pratella

Often the Scarce Grass-veneer may easily be identified by the white triangle near the top of the wing. more...


Subfamily: Grass Moths (Crambinae)


Photograph of Catoptria permutatella
Scotch Grass-veneer Catoptria permutatella

The Scotch Grass-veneer is not seen very often. There are similar species, but these are uncommon or even rare as well. more...


Subfamily: Grass Moths (Crambinae)


Photograph of Catoptria falsella
False Veneer Catoptria falsella

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


Subfamily: Grass Moths (Crambinae)


Photograph of Catoptria margaritella
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)


Photograph of Chilo phragmitellus
Wainscot Veneer Chilo phragmitellus

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


Subfamily: Grass Moths (Crambinae)


Photograph of Cataclysta lemnata masc.
Small China Mark, male Cataclysta lemnata

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


Subfamily: China-marks (Nymphulinae)


Photograph of Cataclysta lemnata fem.
Small China Mark, female Cataclysta lemnata

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


Subfamily: China-marks (Nymphulinae)


Photograph of Nymphula stagnata
Beautiful China-mark Nymphula stagnata

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


Subfamily: China-marks (Nymphulinae)


Photograph of Parapoynx stratiotata, masc.
Ringed China Mark, male Parapoynx stratiotata

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


Subfamily: China-marks (Nymphulinae)


Photograph of Parapoynx stratiotata, fem.
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)


Photograph of Elophila nymphaeata
Brown China Mark Elophila nymphaeata

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


Subfamily: China-marks (Nymphulinae)


Photograph of Evergestis pallidata
Chequered Straw Evergestis pallidata

The Chequered Straw is a typical species of woodlands and marshes. more...


Subfamily: Evergestinae


Photograph of Scoparia ambigualis
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


Photograph of Eudonia truncicolella
Ground-moss Grey Eudonia truncicolella

The Ground-moss Grey is almost identical to the species above and the one below. Not even experts find great enjoyment identifying these species. more...


Subfamily: Scopariinae


Photograph of Eudonia lacustrata
Little Grey Eudonia lacustrata

The Little Grey is 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


Photograph of Dioryctria sylvestrella
New Pine Knot-horn Dioryctria sylvestrella

Lots of similar animals in the genus Dioryctria, commonly known as Coneworm Moths. The New Pine Knot-horn is one of the few that's not too hard to identify. more...


Subfamily: Phycitinae


Photograph of Dioryctria abietella
Spruce Coneworm Moth Dioryctria abietella

The Spruce Coneworm Moth is marked more contrasting then its nephew above. It is also known as the Pine Knothorn Moth. more...


Subfamily: Phycitinae


Photograph of Acrobasis consociella
Broad-barred Knot-horn Acrobasis consociella

The Broad-barred Knot-horn rather looks like a Tortrix. more...


Subfamily: Phycitinae


Photograph of Bushy knot-horn
Bushy knot-horn Acrobasis tumidana

The Bushy knot-horn is very small, but easily identified by the red bushy scales. more...


Subfamily: Phycitinae


Photograph of Trachycera suavella
Porphyry Knot-horn Moth Trachycera suavella

The Porphyry Knot-horn Moth is the largest and darkest species from this genus. Often referred to as Numonia suavella. more...


Subfamily: Phycitinae


Photograph of Phycita roborella
Dotted Oak Knot-horn Phycita roborella

Only the male of the Dotted Oak Knot-horn has antennae shaped this way. more...


Subfamily: Phycitinae


Photograph of Plodia interpunctella
Indian Meal Moth Plodia interpunctella

Once the Indian Meal Moth was imported from Asia. Now it is a pest of stored food worldwide. Usually found indoors. more...


Subfamily: Phycitinae


Photograph of Cryptoblabes bistriga
Cryptoblabes bistriga

Two white lines in the wing of the Double-striped Knot-horn divide the wing into three parts. more...


Subfamily: Phycitinae


Photograph of Aphomia sociella
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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