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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".


Eriocrania subpurpurella

Extremely primitive moth in possession of functioning jaws. More....


Family: Sparkling Archaic Sun Moths (Eriocraniidae)

Stigmella aurella

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


Family: Nepticulidae


Adela reaumurella

Usually greenish metallic. In the picture is a male animal. The female has shorter antennae and less hair. more...


Family: Longhorns (Adelidae)


Nematopogon swammerdamella

This is a common, but less impressive Longhorn Moth. more...


Family: Longhorns (Adelidae)


Nemophora degeerella

Unmistakable and very beautiful longhorn moth. more...


Family: Longhorns (Adelidae)


Incurvaria masculella

Quite an easy species to identify: front wings are brownish, hind wings are dark or brownish as well. more...


Family: Leaf-cutter Moths (Incurvariidae)


Incurvaria pectinea

The front wings of Incurvaria pectinea are scarlet greyish, the hind wings are greyish. more...


Family: Leaf-cutter Moths (Incurvariidae)


Cork Moth Nemapogon cloacella

A pest in the cork industry. more...


Family: Clothes Moths (Tineidae)


Tinea semifulvella

Tinea semifulvella is a colourful recycler of bird's nests etc. more...


Family: Clothes Moths (Tineidae)


Common Bagworm Psyche casta

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


Family: Bag Worm Moths (Psychidae)


Common Bagworm 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)


Narycia duplicella

This Bag Worm Moth has some markings, quite an exception among the bag worms. more...


Family: Bag Worm Moths (Psychidae)


Taleporia tubulosa

Not identifiable by markings, but by the rough antennae. more...


Family: Bag Worm Moths (Psychidae)


Taleporia tubulosa

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


Family: Bag Worm Moths (Psychidae)


Dahlica triquetrella

Dahlica triquetrella builds a very delicate bag out of sand grains and insectparts. more...


Family: Bag Worm Moths (Psychidae)


Caloptilia alchimiella

Caloptilia alchimiella has long, bicoloured legs. more...


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


Caloptilia stigmatella

Caloptilia stigmatella is on the wing from February to December. more...


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


Caloptilia betulicola

The Caterpillar of Caloptilia betulicola mainly mines the leaves of birches. more...


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

Bird-cherry Ermine Yponomeuta evonymella

The black dots are neatly arranged in five almost straight lines. more...


Family: Small Ermines (Yponomeutidae)


Spindle Ermine Yponomeuta cagnagella

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


Family: Small Ermines (Yponomeutidae)


Ocnerostoma friesei

Of course not all small white ermines are dotted. Ocnerostoma friesei certainly isn't. more...


Family: Small Ermines (Yponomeutidae)


Leek Moth Acrolepiopsis assectella

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


Family: Small Ermines (Yponomeutidae)


Argyresthia trifasciata

Argyresthia trifasciata is a little golden with three straight running white bands. more...


Family: Small Ermines (Yponomeutidae)


Honeysuckle Moth Ypsolopha dentella

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


Family: Diamond-back Moths (Ypsolophidae)


Agonopterix propinquella

Agonopterix propinquella does not have any red scales in its wings. more...


Family: Depressariidae


Agonopterix ocellana

Agonopterix ocellana is an unmistakable moth because of the reddish brown scales in the wing. more...


Family: Depressariidae


Semioscopis steinkellneriana

Not an easy species to identify, chiefly seen in April. more...


Family: Depressariidae


Diurnea fagella

Diurnea fagella is a very common moth, but rather variable. more...


Family: Chimabachidae


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)


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)


Carcina quercana

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


Family: Concealer Moths, aka House Moths (Oecophoridae)


Bisigna procerella

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


Family: Concealer Moths, aka House Moths (Oecophoridae)


Harpella forficella

As far as we know Harpella forficella is not a British species. more...


Family: Concealer Moths, aka House Moths (Oecophoridae)


Coleophora species, imago

The adult moth of one of the Coleophora species, which usually can not be identified from pictures. more...


Family: Casebearers (Coleophoridae)


Coleophora species, larva

Now you see why this family of moths is called the Casebearers. more...


Family: Casebearers (Coleophoridae)


Anacampsis blattariella

Just one of those hard to identify greyish moths. more...


Family: Twirler Moths (Gelechiidae)


Bryotropha pseudospretella

The genus Bryotropha consists of a number of extremely similar species, which can hardly be told apart without microscopic analysis. This turned out to be Bryotropha pseudospretella. more...


Family: Twirler Moths (Gelechiidae)


Brachmia inornatella

This Brachmia inornatella is quite a rare and very local species. more...


Family: Twirler Moths (Gelechiidae)


Oegoconia spec.

Minute moth with a few white lines. There are a few very similar species. more...


Family: Autostichidae

Nettle-tap Anthophila fabriciana

Very small moth, closely related to Pyralids. more...


Family: Sedge Moths (Glyphipterigidae)
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