Friday mystery object #335

Every summer, museums get a flurry of requests for invertebrate identifications as the heat brings forth all things many-legged and winged. Here’s a specimen I found on a train in Suffolk (although it may have boarded in Norfolk) on the 1st July this year:


Apologies for the slightly rubbish photos – they were the best I could manage with my phone while on a moving train. Its total length was around 15mm or so.

I’m sure that some of the keen lepidopterists out there will know what it is, so perhaps you could make your suggestion with a cryptic clue in the comments below?

Have fun!

6 thoughts on “Friday mystery object #335

    • Well, according to this clue, if I’ve got it right, I know what the species is, even if the wings are not tightly folded, nor properly spread. Drunken lepidopteran? Or just one of them East Anglian peciliarities?

      The specific name would seem to suggest brighter colours, vulgar, almost…

  1., it’s a common genus for lepidopterists. We have some close species inside it, so genus is sure, but species could remain uncertain. Here, in Spain we have 10-12 similar species of this genus.
    But I think in Suffolk-Norfolk only will be cited one or two species of the genus, so the identification could be easy.
    I would say that its a moth. You can collect a lot of them in one only nigth with a Heath Trap. Larvae is difficult to find. They feed on lichens and relatives. And often, almost in Spain, a genital study is needed to identify the species. Luck!

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