Many thanks. That certainly agrees with some images online. Not a form I have seen before!
No problems Chris, the pattern is quite stellated and almost reminiscent of Pandemis corylana, must be a variation as there are 1 or 2 on google images similiar to yours.CheersBen
Thanks for your help Ben. We even have privet in the garden, and I have seen the usual form several times previously.
I'd have dismissed it down as postvittana!
According to Bradley et al, it can't be consimiliana - the costal fold is too short. Could be one of the other Clepsis species (spectrana?).
I've consulted a few of my fellow county recorders and they agree with my original determination of Epiphyas postvitana. There is a particularly good example on the Northumberland moths website (http://www.northumberlandmoths.org.uk/admin/getthumbs.php?id=860) that shows the reticulation of Chris' moth, albeit a darker example.
Many thanks Dave. I certainly wouldn't have got that! The power of photography!