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Aug 2, 2013 9:53 AM

micromoth id

Hi there

 

I photographed a small moth feeding on goldenrod flowers in my garden in strong sunlight. I attach two photos. Can anyone identify it for me please?

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    Aug 2, 2013 11:34 AM (in response to lotuseater)
    Re: micromoth id

    To quote from

    http://ukmoths.org.uk/show.php?id=388

    "Some members of the small 'Ermines' are difficult to separate visually, but this species is one of the easiest, having five rows of black dots on the forewing."

    I am sure yours is that one - bird-cherry ermine moth, Yponomeuta evonymella.

     

    In comparison:

    - Spindle ermine, Yponomeuta cagnagella, has the spots arranged differently;

    http://ukmoths.org.uk/show.php?id=2103.

    - Orchard ermine, Yponomeuta padella, has too-few spots arranged differently.

    http://ukmoths.org.uk/show.php?id=941.

     

    However, to quote from that last web page: "Part of a species complex which is still undergoing scientific research, it is very difficult to separate this from similar species, even by genitalia examination, and the best guide is often the foodplant."

    So just by looking at the markings, as I have done above, I may not have arrived at the right answer.

     

    Note:

    Thistle ermine, Myelois circumvoluta, looks superficially looking similar, though it does not have enough spots. However, it is also larger, so not confusable with the preceding species.

    http://ukmoths.org.uk/show.php?id=104

     

    Mike

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        Aug 2, 2013 2:08 PM (in response to lotuseater)
        Re: micromoth id

        Thanks for the further info; that all ties together nicely, then - jolly good // Mike

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