White-shouldered House-moth Endrosis sarcitrella

Oecophoridae » Oecophorinae

White-shouldered House-moth Endrosis sarcitrella

28.009 (BF648) White-shouldered House-moth Endrosis sarcitrella (Linnaeus, 1758)

Wingspan 15-21mm. Forewing length 6-9mm.

Most notable is the white shoulders and prothorax of this moth.

White-shouldered House-moth Endrosis sarcitrella

The adult can be seen any month of the years and is reaily attracted to light. Found in various habitats, but especially in houses and outbuildings. Common and widespread throughout. The larva feeds on a variety of detritus, including dead animal and vegetable matter. It also feeds on stored grain produce, and can become a pest.

© Pete Hillman August and September 2017.

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Skin Moth Monopis laevigella

Tineidae » Tineinae

Skin Moth Monopis laevigella

12.036 (BF227) Skin Moth Monopis laevigella ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Wingspan 13-20mm. Forewing length 5-10mm.

A tiny micro-moth with a purple sheen peppered with pale scales and a pale blotch just off centre on the forewing. Similar to Monopis weaverella, which has a larger pale blotch which is more centred on the forewing.

Skin Moth Monopis laevigella

The adult flies May to September, and can be found in a variety of habitats, including woodland, parkland and gardens. Common and widespread. The larva feed on animal foodstuffs like bird’s nests, owl pellets and dead animal carcasses.

© Pete Hillman August 2017.

Garden Pebble Evergestis forficalis

Crambidae » Glaphyriinae

Garden Pebble Evergestis forficalis

63.057 (BF1356) Garden Pebble Evergestis forficalis (Linnaeus, 1758)

Wingspan 25-28mm. Forewing length13-15mm.

Notice how this moth has a very distinctive resting posture with its wings held elevated in a tent-like fashion.

Garden Pebble Evergestis forficalis

The adult flies in two generations, May to June, and July to September. It is attracted to light, and is found in gardens, allotments and on waste ground. Common and widespread, although more local in Scotland. The larva feeds on various Cruciferous plants, especially cultivated, and may become a pest.

© Pete Hillman July 2011.

Cherry Fruit Moth Argyresthia pruniella

Argyresthiidae

Cherry Fruit Moth Argyresthia pruniella

20.021 (BF420) Cherry Fruit Moth Argyresthia pruniella (Clerck, 1759)

Wingspan 10-13mm. Forewing length 5-6mm.

This tiny micro-moth rests in a most distinctive way with its nose-down.

Cherry Fruit Moth Argyresthia pruniella

The adult flies May to August, and flies at dusk. It is found where the foodplant cherry occurs, where the larva feed within the cherry itself and may pose a nuisance in orchards. Common and widespread, but more local in northern regions.

Cherry Fruit Moth Argyresthia pruniella

© Pete Hillman July 2017.

Apple Leaf Miner Lyonetia clerkella

Lyonetiidae » Lyonetiinae

Apple Leaf Miner Lyonetia clerkella

21.001 (BF263) Apple Leaf Miner Lyonetia clerkella (Linnaeus, 1758)

Wingspan 7-9mm. Forewing length 4-4.5mm.

A very tiny, whitish moth, with distinct brown patterning towards the tail end of its narrow forewings.

Apple Leaf Miner Lyonetia clerkella

The adult flies in two or three broods a year, mainly May to October. It comes to light and is found in woodland, heathland, urban parks and gardens. Common and widespread throughout. The larva feeds on a variety of fruit trees and forms tiny leaf mines.

Apple Leaf Miner Lyonetia clerkella

© Pete Hillman August 2017.

Wax Moth Galleria mellonella

Pyralidae » Galleriinae

Wax Moth Galleria mellonella

62.006 BF1425 Wax Moth Galleria mellonella (Linnaeus, 1758)

Wingspan 29-40 mm. Forewing length 14-19mm. The females are usually larger and darker than the males.

Wax Moth Galleria mellonella

The adult flies between June and October, most likely in two overlapping broods. It is attracted to light and sugar, and is found in various habitats, including gardens. Common and more local in northern England, rare in Scotland. The larva lives in beehives, feeding on the honeycomb, hence the name ‘Wax Moth’.

© Pete Hillman July 2017.

Dotted Oak Knot-horn Phycita roborella

Pyralidae » Phycitinae

Dotted Oak Knot-horn Phycita roborella

62.029 BF1452 Dotted Oak Knot-horn Phycita roborella ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Wingspan 24-29mm. Forewing length 11-14mm. An attractively earthy coloured moth with shades of red, brown, black and grey, and distinctive markings.

Dotted Oak Knot-horn Phycita roborella

The adult flies in one brood during July and August, and it readily comes to light. It is found in oak woodland, hedgerows, scrub and gardens. Common and widespread in England and Wales, more local in the north. The larva feeds on the leaves of oak, spinning them together to form a silken retreat.

© Pete Hillman July 2017.