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Various Micro Moths (Various families)

Here we deal with all micro moths we have not dealt before with. It is a conglomerate of small to very small moths, some absolutely unknown to the general public, others quite well known, like the various clothes moths. Scientists however regularly split up families in new ones, or put long existing families together in one. We stick to the situation as it was by the end of the 1990's. In the description of some species, information is given about recent changes. More information about any species, and usually some more pictures are available by clicking on the word "more".


Photograph of Dyseriocrania subpurpurella
Common Oak Purple Dyseriocrania subpurpurella

The Common Oak Purple is an extremely primitive moth in possession of functioning jaws. More....


Family: Sparkling Archaic Sun Moths (Eriocraniidae)


foto Stigmella aurella
Golden Pigmy Stigmella aurella

Mining larvae cause visible traces in leaves, often unique enough to identify the species. more...


Family: Nepticulidae


photograph Adela reaumurella
Green Long-horn Adela reaumurella

As you might expect the Green Long-horn usually is greenish metallic. In the picture is a male animal. The female has shorter antennae and less hair. more...


Family: Long-horn Moths (Adelidae)


Photograph Nematopogon swammerdamella
Large Long-horn Nematopogon swammerdamella

This is a common, but less impressive Long-horn Moth. more...


Family: Long-horn Moths (Adelidae)


Photograph Cauchas rufimitrella
Meadow Long-horn Cauchas rufimitrella

The Meadow Long-horn lives on Cuckoo Flower and is seen in May mainly. more...


Family: Long-horn Moths (Adelidae)


Photograph Nemophora degeerella
Yellow-barred Long-horn Nemophora degeerella

Unmistakable and very beautiful Long-horn moth: the Yellow-barred Long-horn. more...


Family: Long-horn Moths (Adelidae)


Photograph Incurvaria masculella
Feathered Diamond-back Incurvaria masculella

Identification of the Feathered Diamond-back is easy: front wings are brownish, hind wings are dark or brownish as well. more...


Family: Leaf-cutter Moths (Incurvariidae)


photograph of Nemapogon cloacella
Cork Moth Nemapogon cloacella

A pest in the cork industry. more...


Family: Clothes Moths (Tineidae)


photograph of Tinea semifulvella
Fulvous Clothes Moth Tinea semifulvella

The Fulvous Clothes Moth is a colourful recycler of bird's nests etc. more...


Family: Clothes Moths (Tineidae)


Photograph of Psyche casta
Common Bagworm, male Psyche casta

Unobtrusive moth, but the antennae are quite weird. more...


Family: Bag Worm Moths (Psychidae)


Photograph of Psyche casta
Common Bagworm, larva Psyche casta

The caterpillar of the Common Bagworm builds himself a house and is often seen on fences and walls. more...


Family: Bag Worm Moths (Psychidae)


Photograph of Narycia duplicella
White-speckled Smoke Narycia duplicella

The White-speckled Smoke has some markings, quite an exception among the bag worms. more...


Family: Bag Worm Moths (Psychidae)


Photograph of Taleporia tubulosa adult
Brown Smoke, male Taleporia tubulosa

Not identifiable by markings, but by the rough antennae: the Brown Smoke. more...


Family: Bag Worm Moths (Psychidae)


Photograph of Taleporia tubulosa larva
Brown Smoke, larva Taleporia tubulosa

The larva of the Brown Smoke lives in a slender case, which may be 1.5 to 2 centimeters long. more...


Family: Bag Worm Moths (Psychidae)


Photograph of Taleporia tubulosa
Narrow Lichen Case-bearer Dahlica triquetrella

The Narrow Lichen Case-bearer builds a very delicate bag out of sand grains and insectparts.more...


Family: Bag Worm Moths (Psychidae)


Photograph of Caloptilia alchimiella
Yellow-triangle Slender Caloptilia alchimiella

The Yellow-triangle Slender has long, bicoloured legs. more...


Family: Leafminers, aka Leaf-mining Moths (Gracillariidae)


Photograph of Caloptilia stigmatella
White-triangle Slender Caloptilia stigmatella

The White-triangle Slender is on the wing from February to December. more...


Family: Leafminers, aka Leaf-mining Moths (Gracillariidae)


Photograph of Caloptilia betulicola
Red Birch Slender Caloptilia betulicola

The caterpillar of the Red Birch Slender mainly mines the leaves of birches. more...


Family: Leafminers, aka Leaf-mining Moths (Gracillariidae)


Photograph of Lyonetia clerkella
Apple Leaf Miner Lyonetia clerkella

Despite the name the larvae of the Apple Leaf Miner are not choosy at all. more...


Family: Lyonet moths (Lyonetiidae)


Photograph of Argyresthia goedartella
Bronze Alder Moth Argyresthia goedartella

The caterpillar of the Bronze Alder Moth usually lives inside the catkin of a birch or alder. more...


Family: Shiny Head-Standing Moths (Argyresthiidae)


Photograph of Yponomeuta evonymella
Bird-cherry Ermine Yponomeuta evonymella

If the black dots are neatly arranged in five almost straight lines, you're looking at the Bird-cherry Ermine Moth. more...


Family: Small Ermines (Yponomeutidae)


Photograph of Yponomeuta plumbella
Large Spot Ermine Moth Yponomeuta plumbella

The Large Spot Ermine Moth has a bick black spot on both front wings. more...


Family: Small Ermines (Yponomeutidae)


Photograph of Yponomeuta padella
Orchard Ermine Yponomeuta padella

The main characteristic of the Orchard Ermine is the hint of grey in the wing. more...


Family: Small Ermines (Yponomeutidae)


Photograph of Yponomeuta cagnagella
Spindle Ermine Yponomeuta cagnagella

Better identifiable by the host plant than by the chaotically placed black dots. more...


Family: Small Ermines (Yponomeutidae)


Photograph of Acrolepiopsis assectella
Leek Moth Acrolepiopsis assectella

The Leek Moth, a pest insect in leek and onions. more...


Family: Small Ermines (Yponomeutidae)


Photograph of Argyresthia trifasciata
Juniper Ermine Moth Argyresthia trifasciata

The Juniper Ermine Moth is a little golden with three straight running white bands. more...


Family: Small Ermines (Yponomeutidae)


Photograph of Ypsolopha dentella
Honeysuckle Moth Ypsolopha dentella

The weird way it rests makes the Honeysuckle Moth an unmistakable species. more...


Family: Diamond-back Moths (Ypsolophidae)


Photograph of Agonopterix heracliana
Common Flat-body Agonopterix heracliana

The Common Flat-body the most abundant Flat-body Moth in all of Britain. more...


Family: Depressariidae


Photograph of Agonopterix ocellana
Red-letter Flat-body Agonopterix ocellana

The Red-letter Flat-body is an unmistakable moth because of the reddish brown scales in the wing. more...


Family: Depressariidae


Photograph of Agonopterix propinquella
Black-spot Flat-body Agonopterix propinquella

The Black-spot Flat-body does not have any red scales in its wings. more...


Family: Depressariidae


Photograph of Agonopterix assimilella
Dusted Flat-body Agonopterix assimilella

The Dusted Flat-body is a rather variable species. The one in the picture is very dark indeed. more...


Family: Depressariidae


Photograph of Semioscopis steinkellneriana
Dawn Flat-body Semioscopis steinkellneriana

The Dawn Flat-body is not an easy species to identify, chiefly seen in April. more...


Family: Depressariidae


Photograph of Diurnea fagella
March Tubic Diurnea fagella

The March Tubic is a very common moth, but rather variable. more...


Family: Chimabachidae


Photograph of Endrosis sarcitrella
Whiteshouldered House Moth Endrosis sarcitrella

If the Whiteshouldered House Moth turns up in your house very regularly, you should start worrying. more...


Family: Concealer Moths, aka House Moths (Oecophoridae)


Photograph of Hofmannophila pseudospretella
Brown House Moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella

You certainly don't want the caterpillars of the Brown House Moth in your house. more...


Family: Concealer Moths, aka House Moths (Oecophoridae)


Photograph of Bryotropha terrella
Cinerous Neb Bryotropha terrella

The caterpillars of the Cinerous Neb are no nuisance, for they eat mosses. more...


Family: Concealer Moths, aka House Moths (Oecophoridae)


Photograph of Carcina quercana
Long-horned Flat-body Carcina quercana

Carcina quercana is never found indoors, for its caterpillar lives on oak exclusively. more...


Family: Concealer Moths, aka House Moths (Oecophoridae)


Photograph of the Eratophyes amasiella
Eratophyes amasiella

Alas, the beautiful Eratophyes amasiella is not a British species. more...


Family: Concealer Moths, aka House Moths (Oecophoridae)


Photograph of the Sulphur Esperia Moth
Sulphur Esperia Moth Esperia sulphurella

The larvae of this Sulphur Esperia Moth lives inside dead wood and fungi. more...


Family: Concealer Moths, aka House Moths (Oecophoridae)


Photograph of Bisigna procerella
Bisigna procerella

Bisigna procerella is a beautiful and absolutely harmless House Moth. more...


Family: Concealer Moths, aka House Moths (Oecophoridae)


Photograph of Harpella forficella
Harpella forficella

First seen in 2011 this Harpella forficella is very rare in Britain, but it may be a new settler.more...


Family: Concealer Moths, aka House Moths (Oecophoridae)


Photograph of Coleophoridae
Case-bearer Moth species, imago Coleophora species

The adult moth of one of the Case-bearer Moths, which usually can not be identified from pictures. more...


Family: Case-bearers (Coleophoridae)


Photograph of Coleophora species
Case-bearer Moth species, larva Coleophora species

Now you see why this family of moths is called the Case-bearers. more...


Family: Case-bearers (Coleophoridae)


Photograph of Anacampsis blattariella
Birch Sober Anacampsis blattariella

Just one of those hard to identify greyish moths: the Birch Sober. more...


Family: Twirler Moths (Gelechiidae)


Photograph of Brachmia inornatella
Fen Crest Brachmia inornatella

This Fen Crest is quite a rare and very local species. more...


Family: Twirler Moths (Gelechiidae)


Photograph of Oegoconia deauratella
Scarce Obscure Oegoconia deauratella

The Scarce Obscure a minute moth with a few white lines. In Britain there is another, identical species. more...


Family: Autostichidae


Photograph of Choreutis pariana
Apple Leaf Skeletonizer Moth Choreutis pariana

The caterpillar of the Apple Leaf Skeletonizer Moth leaves behind only the skeleton of a leaf. more...


Family: Metalmark Moths (Choreutidae)


Photograph of Anthophila fabriciana
Nettle-tap Anthophila fabriciana

The Nettle-tap is a very small moth, closely related to Pyralids. more...


Family: Metalmark Moths (Choreutidae)


Photograph of Prochoreutis myllerana
Miller's Nettle-tap Prochoreutis myllerana

Like all other Metalmark Moths Miller's Nettle-tap is on the wing during day time. more...


Family: Metalmark Moths (Choreutidae)


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