Triodia sylvina – This is from a primitive moth group called Hepialidae, which contains just 5 species found in the British Isles. The adults cannot feed for they have no functional proboscis. The images featured are that of the male. The sexes look quite different from one another.
Copyright: Peter Hillman Camera used: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38 Date taken: 2nd August 2011 Place: Attracted to moth trap, rear garden, Staffordshire
Hepialidae, known as Swift Moths or Ghost Moths, is a primitive group of moths, and there are around 500 species worldwide, and just 5 species in the UK. They have elongated wings which when at rest they hold almost vertically against their bodies. The adults have no functional probosis, so are unable to feed. They also have very short antennae. The caterpillars live under ground feed on the roots of plants, and remain so for up to two years where they will eventually pupate.
Both these featured species are often attracted to light and can be seen in various habitats including parks and gardens, often during early dusk. Both are common and widespread.