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Observed: 3rd April 2010 By: DioctriaDioctria’s reputation in InvertebratesDioctria’s reputation in InvertebratesDioctria’s reputation in InvertebratesDioctria’s reputation in InvertebratesDioctria’s reputation in Invertebrates
2010-04-03-Micro-moth-S5 16254a

Seen on Camelia.

Species interactions

No interactions present.


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No size is given so it makes it quite tricky. With the overall colouration and the pattern of silver and black markings at the tip of the wing, this might be Lyonetia clerkella. Usually this is a mainly whitish/silver moth, e.g.

but duller specimens can occur,

with a variety of forms between the 2.
The wingspan of clerkella is 8-9mm, ie pretty small

Robert Homan

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Lyonetia clerkella

Thanks for your thoughts on this one Robert, apologies for not replying sooner.

I have been taking a series of test shots so that I can estimate size from the focal length and focus distance of my images, something I've been meaning to do for ages as my size estimation is useless. This one comes out at 4mm or a little larger, bang on for the wingspan you mention.

General form looks good and there are Birch and Apple in the vicinity. Only slight worry is that it would be rather early, the date range I found was late May to November. Would suburban microclimates account for it being that advanced?


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Re: Lyonetia clerkella

Adult moths over-winter and appear again in April, presumably ready to lay eggs on newly emerged foliage. A suburban micro-climate might encourage the moth to emerge a little earlier in April than otherwise.

Look for the leafmines a bit later in the Spring; if you have apple trees, then the larvae are almost certain to be there.


Robert Homan