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Caloptria is a genus of small moths from the Crambidae family, most of which are found in Europe. Crambidae are quite variable in appearance. The nominal subfamily Crambinae (grass moths) take up closely folded postures as shown here where they are inconspicuous, most often on grass stems.
Spotted in an alpine meadow in the middle of a forest clearing, alt. 1500m ASL. The flower is Astrantia major, the Great Masterwort.
This moth was about 15 mm long with a has a visible snout, and light dusty beige wings with distinctive bluish and brown markings. See Comments for possible species. The last shot shows the habitat for this moth. Spotted in La Pierreuse (meaning "stony place"), a nature reserve in the Swiss Alps.
Lat: 46.45, Long: 7.18
Spotted on Jul 24, 2012
Submitted on Jul 29, 2012