Subject: Moth identification
Geographic location of the bug: Herefordshire
Time: 10:33 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Hi,
I recently have had a lot of moths in my house, all of which different sizes and colours. This one however caught my eye after entering our house late at night after we left our bathroom light on!
I’m wondering if you have ever seen one with this distinct ‘leopard print’?
How you want your letter signed: However easiest
This is a very easy ID for us because we recently misidentified a freshly eclosed Magpie Moth, mistaking it for a Tiger Moth. According to UK Moths: “A very distinctive species, this was a favourite with early collectors, who used to breed it to obtain unusual coloured and patterned forms. Quite common in most of Britain, though less so in Scotland. … The moths fly in July and August and are regularly attracted to light.”
Thank you so much for your time and reply Daniel, that’s absolutely brilliant!!