Agriphila Grass-veneers 2 Agriphila geniculea

Agriphila geniculea Grass-veneer Moth
Agriphila geniculea Grass-veneer Moth
Agriphila geniculea
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. Agriphila geniculea is peculiar for having two dark brown lines, the rearmost line being angular with a "less than" symbol. It also has the silver metallic fringe common on grass-veneers.
Agriphila geniculea
Grass-veneer Moth
UK flight time is Jun-Oct. Wingspan, rarely seen, is 20-25mm. More useful for a rolled-up "Crambid" is its length 12-16mm.
Those above are also thought to be Ag. geniculea rather than Ag. inquinatella (see below).
Agriphila inquinatella
Agriphila inquinatella
Agriphila inquinatella
These above are thought to be the poetically-named Agriphila inquinatella (a pasta? designer? ninja turtle?) which is like a diluted version of Ag. geniculea with a slightly lighter tone and a much fainter or blurred rear line often failing to make the full shape. Its UK flight time is Jun-Sep, wingspan 22mm and length 14-18mm.