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Jul 27, 2013 3:33 PM

yellow-spotted moth id

found this small, pretty moth sunbathing on a Hogweed flowerhead yesterday - 26 July - near Sheffield UK.


I believe I have narrowed it down to two species of micro moth, Pammene aurana or Phaulernis fulviguttella. The images of these I have found online look identical - can anyone suggest which is more likely. Thanks, Alan

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    Jul 27, 2013 5:43 PM (in response to AlanS)
    Re: yellow-spotted moth id

    Hi Alan,

    Its most likely going to be Pammene aurana and here is why I believe this, your moth has a shape more associated with the Tortrix family (Tortricidae ~ Olethreutinae) where the moths tend to be triangluar 'ish' and sometimes have folds in the wings, not in the case of P. aurana per say. Another good indication is the head color, in Phaulemis fluviguttella the head is yellow and contrasts with the brown wing color, they also tend to be a bit more slender looking moths and have longer cillia (long scales on the ends of the wings) and hold them up in a bit of a point when at rest and viewed from the side.


    Your moth appears to have the heavier look of the P. aurana and a tan/brown colored head, the spots are also a bit more robust lets call it.


    Well done getting it down to the two choices too!


    Hope this helps


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