Zelle wanted some moth knowledge, so here's a pool of what the Internet turns up for moths from Paris.
Book on types of moths in Europe: http://books.google.com/books?id=QdbiAG ... is&f=false
The first four that come up for Paris are Phaelana Geometra Fulvostriata, Phaelana Geometra Brunneata, Phaelana Fulvicans, and Phaelana Strigata. Google pulls up nothing for the first two or the last one, which isn't too surprising seeing as they're all nomen dubium and have probably been renamed or found to be part of a larger species since...1920 or before.
Print that includes Phalaena Strigata, which is listed as a moth in the previous thing but as a butterfly here. http://www.bridgemanart.com/asset/14412 ... 22%3A17%7D
That's all that I could find for moths that were definitely around Paris. However, we we go broader into Europe, we now have the Gypsy Moth
as an option also. I can't find anything saying that it wasn't in France, so it's an option for Combeferre's attention as well. The Puss Moth
could be a possibility too, but it mostly sticks in heavily wooded areas.
There's more possibilities, especially if you're looking at moths that aren't specifically from France, but that's a decent start I think.