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Stigmella hemargyrella?

Observed: 6th April 2012 By: kcf32
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course completeShropshire Wildlife Trust
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Description:

I dislodged this tiny micro from ivy in a mainly hawthorn hedge. Unfortunately it has proved difficult to photograph well and its colours change depending on light and angle. The best match I can find pictorially (from UK Moths) is Stigmella hemargyrella. Is it possible to con firm this or suggest an alternative from these photographs?

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Stigmella

Thank you for reining in my enthusiasm and bringing realism to my attempt at identifying micromoths!!

The tufts on the head are grey and flanked by silver scales - definitely not orange. Regrettably I cannot recall if Beech was to be found nearby - I will check if I visit that area again.

Unfortunately I have neither the knowledge nor the skill to dissect the moth.

Keith