Owls (former)

A number of owls that previously belonged to the real family of owls (Noctuidae) have been transferred to the Erebid Moths (Erebidae). At the real owls, you see typically the two “owl spots”, the kidney and the ringspot. The family-changed owls were an odd one out there because they don’t have those so-called “owl spots”. Other examples are the snout owls that look more like a geometer moth when resting and which stand out due to their long protruding palps.

Subfamily: Herminiinae

Fan-foot – 2017 (NL)

The Fan-foot (Herminia tarsipennalis) is a moth that is triangular when resting. The front wing is brown and has three dark transverse lines. The inner transverse line is slightly curved and makes a sharp bend at the leading edge towards the wing root. The middle transverse line is corrugated, with a centre spot visible near the large bulge. As with other snout owls, the long palps are protruding. The Fan-foot flies in two generations from May to October with a wingspan of 30-35mm. Host plant: fallen leaves of Beech, Oak and Blackberry. Dutch name: Lijnsnuituil. Frisian name: –


Dotted Fan-foot – 2019 (NL)

In June I had many beautiful new spots attracted to light. This also applies to the Dotted Fan-foot (Macrochilo cribrumalis). This is a white-grey to light brown-grey snout owl where the wings between the veins are finely speckled black so that the wings appear white striped. Across the front wings, you can see two rows of black dots outside the striking black centre dot. The palps are remarkably long and protrude in an arc. The flying period is in one generation from late May to August with a wingspan of 27-30mm. Host plant: Various grasses. Dutch name: Stippelsnuituil. Frisian name: Stippelsnútûltsje.


Shaded Fan-foot – 2020 (NL)

The Shaded Fan-foot (Herminia tarsicrinalis) has a lightly speckled forewing that is light brown to reddish-brown in colour. The wingtip is slightly bending outwards. Three dark transverse lines run across the wing. The inner transverse line curves near the front edge and the outer transverse line is almost straight. This is the distinctive difference from the similar Small Fan-foot (Herminia grisealis) where the outer transverse line curves towards the wingtip. Between the wavy centre transverse line and the inner transverse line, a darker brown transverse band is visible containing the curved centre spot. Like other fan-foots, the long palps stand out. The wingspan is 28-32mm and the flight period runs from May to August in one generation. Host plant: Withered leaves. Dutch name: Schaduwsnuituil. Frisian name: –


Subfamily: Hypeninae

Snout – 2017 (NL)

The Snout (Hypena proboscidalis) has, like other snout owls, a striking snout because of the protruding palps. For the Snout these palps are longer than for other species. The ground colour of the top of the wings varies from brown to dull greyish brown or even dark purplish-brown. Two dark brown cross lines run over the wings. The rear wing is very light grey. This owl flies in two generations from May to October with a wingspan of 25-38mm. Host plant: Nettle. Dutch name: Bruine snuituil. Frisian name: Brún snútûltsje.


Subfamily: Hypenodinae

Marsh Oblique-barred – 2019 (NL)

What you do not expect directly from the Marsh Oblique-barred (Hypenodes humidalis) is that this owl is counted among the Erebid Moths and thus among the macro-moths. You would rather expect it to be a micro moth. Characteristic are the oblique transverse lines across the wing. The transverse line seen halfway across the wing appears to cut a marking halfway through. In principle, the cross-line goes around it. In the resting position, the transverse lines appear to be inverted ‘V’-s. The spot at the centre of the wing is strikingly black with a white deposit on one side. The flight period is in two generations from May to October and the wingspan is 14-15mm. Host plant: Rushes and sedges. Dutch name: Moeras-micro-uil. Frisian name: –


Subfamily: Rivulinae

Straw Dot – 2008 (NL)

The Straw Dot (Rivula sericealis) looks like a triangle when resting. The front wing is straw-coloured with a brown trailing edge and fringe. The wing clearly shows a purple centre spot with two small black dots. He flies in three generations from May to October with a wingspan of 18-22mm. Host plant: Various grasses. Dutch name: Stro-uiltje. Frisian name: Strieûltsje.