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Is this a moth or a butterfly?

(20 Posts)
frasier Wed 13-Jun-18 15:14:30

Should I be scared for my woollens? confused

Jenny70 Wed 13-Jun-18 15:15:36

Moths rest with wings open, butterflies closed... so I am going with moth. Sorry

Ofthread Wed 13-Jun-18 15:16:01

It’s not a clothes moth.

FlibbertyGiblets Wed 13-Jun-18 15:16:21


<nods knowingly>

(nfi in RL)

SendYouUpinFlames Wed 13-Jun-18 15:16:28


tillytoodles1 Wed 13-Jun-18 15:16:50

Well moths fold their wings down so they look like a triangle, butterflies just flap them together.

frasier Wed 13-Jun-18 15:17:35

Ooh thanks both. So I can just leave it then Ofthread?

I didn’t know there were clothes moths, I thought they were all potential wreckers!

Margay Wed 13-Jun-18 15:26:49

frasier Wed 13-Jun-18 16:04:56

Ooh thanks Margay

StruggsToFunc Wed 13-Jun-18 16:14:19

Moth, but certainly not a clothes moth. They are tiny - half the size of your little fingernail.

critiqueofeveryday Wed 13-Jun-18 16:16:06

It's lovely!

People think all moths attack clothes, but it's only one kind. Please don't kill them!

frasier Wed 13-Jun-18 16:18:30

Oh gosh no, we put everything outside or leave it be. At the moment mothy is living being the tv. Will leave the window open overnight.

Gatekeeper Wed 13-Jun-18 16:24:19

Not seen that variety before..what a splendid little chap

CisMyArse Wed 13-Jun-18 16:31:54

He's a beauty, defo not a clothes muncher.

spiderlight Wed 13-Jun-18 17:03:47

Moth, and a beautiful one!

Cedar03 Wed 13-Jun-18 17:15:11

That is a beautiful moth. The ones that attack clothes are small and a dull pale brown colour.

MiddlingMum Wed 13-Jun-18 17:42:14

I'm fairly sure it's a Clouded Border (moth species have lovely names). It feeds on things like poplars and willow, so won't be interested in your best jumper smile

Largepiecesofcrookedwood Thu 14-Jun-18 00:10:05

a dull pale brown colour
I can vouch for that <stares forlornly at bald patch on carpet>

Awwlookatmybabyspider Thu 14-Jun-18 00:37:17

It's definitely a moth. Butterflies have much longer and skinnier bodies.

Brahumbug Thu 14-Jun-18 17:49:50

I must point out that no moths eats clothes. The larvae of some varieties will eat fabrics but adult moths are innocent of the crimegrin

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