Tuft Moths

The Tuft Moths (Nolidae) are small triangular butterflies with rounded front wings. A special feature is the raised scales, usually three, in the midfield of the front wing from where they owe their name. My recorded species are a member of the subfamily Chloephorinae, often coloured vivid green, or the Nolinae which is are predominantly dull grey or white.

Subfamily: Chloephorinae – Tribe: Chloephorini

Green Silver-lines – 2020 (NL)

As far as I am concerned, one of the more beautiful moths in colour is the Green Silver-lines (Pseudoips prasinana). The male has an intensely greener forewing than the female and a bright reddish-pink or pinkish-brown wing seam and an evenly coloured, sometimes checkered, fringe. The head and body are green, the antennae are orange and the legs are pink. The three silver-coloured oblique transverse lines, which run parallel on the bright green wing, complete the picture that this is a feast for the eyes for me. The hindwing is yellow and the brisket is large and hairy. The female has a yellow or greenish-white wing seam and a white hindwing. There is usually a dark shadow next to the transverse lines. The wingspan is 32-38mm and the flight period is from April to September in one and sometimes two generations. Host plant: Birch, beech, elm, oak and aspen poplar. Dutch name: Zilveren groenuil. Frisian name: Sulveren grienûltsje.


Subfamily: Chloephorinae – Tribe: Sarrothripini

Cream-bordered Green Pea – 2017 (NL)

In a resting position, the Cream-bordered Green Pea (Earias chlorana) often keeps the wings roof-shaped above its abdomen. The forewing has a striking bright light green colour and a white front edge. The hindwing is white. The flight period is from April to October in three generations and the wingspan is 16-20mm. Host plant: Willow. Dutch name: Kleine groenuil. Frisian name: Grien wylgeûltsje.


Subfamily: Nolinae – Tribe: Nolini

Short-cloaked Moth – 2017 (NL)

The Short-cloaked Moth (Nola cucullatella) is a nocturnal butterfly and is attracted to light easily. On the inside of the forewing, there is a brown zone with a black border. When resting, it seems as if he is wearing a cape. The middle zone is white and the rear end is brownish. It flies in one and sometimes two generations from June to September and the wingspan is 16-18mm. Host plant: Hawthorn, Blackthorn and Apple. Dutch name: Klein visstaartje. Frisian name: –