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Micro moth reared from elm leaf mine

Observed: 17th February 2010 By: RHomanRHoman’s reputation in InvertebratesRHoman’s reputation in InvertebratesRHoman’s reputation in InvertebratesRHoman’s reputation in InvertebratesRHoman’s reputation in Invertebrates
Phyllonorycter schreberella
 Phyllonorycter schreberella
Phyllonorycter schreberella
Description:

Posted here to show how colurful some of the micro-moths can be; an orange/brown metallic species with silver bars

Identifications
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    Likely ID
    Phyllonorycter schreberella
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

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Very nice.And I assume that

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.

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

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Food plants

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.

Robert

Robert Homan