Posted here to show how colurful some of the micro-moths can be; an orange/brown metallic species with silver bars
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Very nice.And I assume that if you are rearing a micro from a leaf, the identity of the plant is a good clue as to what the moth may be.
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)
Yes,the food plant is a valuable clue. In the case of elm there are only 2 Phyllonorycter species anyway. However, things get much more complicated and difficult with, for example, the Rosaceae where some of the mines and adult moths look very similar.
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