Friday mystery object #335 answer

Last week I gave you this insect from Suffolk/Norfolk to have a go at identifying:


I thought that some of you would have a pretty good idea about what it might be, and I wasn’t mistaken.

Chris got in quickly with this cryptic clue:

I don’t want to be a snob but this entomological servant is much more common than the butler.

This was absolutely spot-on, so for those of you who don’t know what it relates to I’ll explain. The reference to a servant was an allusion to a Footman, which is the common name for this type of moth.  Chris also narrowed it down to the species by explaining that it was common – so the Common Footman Eilema lurideola (Zincken, 1817).

There are a variety of similar looking Footman moths, but the Common Footman can be distinguished by its slightly greenish grey first pair of wings that have a yellow edge, but a yellow second pair of wings, that you can just make out in the photograph showing the underside.

Well done to everyone who worked it out – more mysteries next week!

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