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    OK the other day I managed to photograph a moth (I'll upload the piccie soon) but can anyone give me an idea of what it is.
    Its body was pale orangey with black spots in a straight line down it. Its head was very very furry and pale creamy colour. The wings were buff coloured.

    I'm assuming it was a moth?
    It tucked its wings in when stationary, do moths do that? Plus it was big.
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    Here it is. It's all scrunched up here. Its body lengthens and its wings are as long as its body.
    Cute little thing.
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    Buff Ermine - Spilosoma luteum I believe
    Even if we find the light it will be surround by shadow.

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    Thanks for that.
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    Your moth is a White Ermine not a Buff Ermine. I know it is very misleading but in the north of Scotland the background colour of the wing in White Ermine is creamy buff similar to the Buff Ermine. The amount of spotting varies but the pattern is diagnostic.

    Your photo is very interesting as this moth has just emerged from its cocoon and the wings are not fully extended.

    I will post a picture of one fully formed.

    Pterodroma

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pterodroma View Post
    Your moth is a White Ermine not a Buff Ermine. I know it is very misleading but in the north of Scotland the background colour of the wing in White Ermine is creamy buff similar to the Buff Ermine. The amount of spotting varies but the pattern is diagnostic.

    Your photo is very interesting as this moth has just emerged from its cocoon and the wings are not fully extended.

    I will post a picture of one fully formed.

    Pterodroma

    I think it must have been cocooned in my greenhouse then as this is where it came from.
    I wondered why it seemed so lethargic.
    I picked it up and put it somewhere safe because the dogs were about and would have loved to play had they seen it.

    Thanks for the confirmation
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