Garden Grass-veneer Chrysoteuchia culmella

Garden Grass-veneer Moth
Garden Grass-veneer Moth
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Grass-veneer moths, Crambidae species, are "rolled-up" moths with long snouts that, although night-flying, are easily disturbed from their grass habitat during the day. The Garden Grass-veneer (Chrysoteuchia culmella, the common name not widely used or recognised) is a common example.
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Garden Grass-veneer Moth
Garden Grass-veneer Moth
It is an overall cone shape and has the silver edge-fringe of many crambids preceded with dark dots. The background is grey-light brown, often with a sheen, and with a stripey appearance. There is always the brown line in a sideways V shape (or "less than" symbol) bordering a similar silvery white shape towards the rear of the wing. It is well-camouflaged in dead vegetation.
Garden Grass-veneer Moth
Garden Grass-veneer Moth
Garden Grass-veneer Moth
Its UK flight time is mainly Jun-Jul but can be May-Sep. Its wingspan, rarely seen, is some 20mm. More useful for a rolled-up "Crambid" is its length 11-15mm.