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Micro-moth

Observed: 9th May 2012 By: DaudiDaudi’s reputation in InvertebratesDaudi’s reputation in InvertebratesDaudi’s reputation in Invertebrates
Micro-8May12
Description:

Small but attractively marked. Length approx 10mm. Wing shape seems distinctive. At lighted window 8 May.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Least Black Arches (Nola confusalis) interacts

Comments

Daudi's picture

'Micro-moth'

Thanks for ID. So this is not a 'micro' at all. A confusing term sometimes... Thank goodness for i-Spot!

Daudi

chrisbrooks's picture

Correct ?

Better wait for someone with more knowledge then me to confirm the ID, I think it's correct but you never know.

Douglas's picture

Have a bit more confidence in

Have a bit more confidence in yourself Chris! It is indeed correct.

Can be very confusing yes, David, the line between macros and micros is rather thin and fuzzy in-terms of appearance. Very easily to confuse these Nola sp. with the pyralids, if you haven't seen them before.

Best wishes,

Douglas

JonathanWallace's picture

The terms macro and

The terms macro and microlepidoptera were indeed rather unfortunate choices in terminology. Although in general the 'macros' are relatively large and the micros small there are exceptions in both directions. Relatively large moths such as the goat moth, leopard moth, hornet moth and ghost moth are all in families that in phylogenetic terms are considered to be microlepidoptera whilst some macrolepidopterans such as some of the smaller geometrids can be no larger than many microlepidopterans. I believe that the smallest 'macros' belong to the tropical family Micronoctuidae which includes tiny moths with a wingspan of less than 6 mm.

Jonathan Wallace

Daudi's picture

Macros and micros

Thanks for the comments - interesting stuff.

Daudi