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Possibley Stigmella microtheriella or Stigmella plagicolella

Observed: 26th April 2011 By: Irene and TimIrene and Tim’s reputation in InvertebratesIrene and Tim’s reputation in InvertebratesIrene and Tim’s reputation in InvertebratesIrene and Tim’s reputation in Invertebrates
Unknown Micro Moth
Unknown Micro Moth 1
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Description:

A very tiny moth.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

RHoman's picture

Don't think this a Stigmella,

Don't think this a Stigmella, it looks too long in the context of its width. Possibly an Elachista species, and with a single white bar and white head it could be adscitella. A key question is how small is "very tiny"? A Stigmella sp would be 3-4 mm in length. If it is a Stigmella, then I don't think you can go to species level on the basis of photographs, unless the moth has been reared from a caterpillar and a known food plant.

Robert Homan

Irene and Tim's picture

Stigmella?

Thank you for your comment, but we did look at this moth through a 20x loupe and it did have a yellow head, which is not so apparent in the photos. As for the size, it was about 3-4 mm in length and we apologise for not putting a ruler in the photo.

The one you suggested we looked up on U.K Moths but it is not noted in the Bristol region.

Kind regards

Irene and Tim

Irene and Tim