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(Microlepidoptera) (micro-moths)

Sets of Photographs

These relate to individual finds ("biological records") of the organism.

Subtaxa (ie subgroups of this Informal)

DACNONYMPHA (a suborder of micro-moths) Suborder 3 subtaxa  
ERIOCRANIOIDEA (a superfamily of micro-moths) Superfamily 3 subtaxa  
ERIOCRANIIDAE (a family of micro-moths)
Eriocrania (a genus of micro-moths), eg: Eriocrania semipurpurella (Early Purple) - Mined leaf - upper side
Family 3 subtaxa 5 ident refs
EXOPORIA (swift moths)
HEPIALOIDEA (swift moths), eg: Hepialus sylvina (Orange Swift Moth) - Male - lateral view
Suborder 5 subtaxa 1 ident refs
Apoditrysia (butterflies and most moths)
ALUCITOIDEA (many-plume moths), eg: Alucita hexadactyla (Many-plume Moth, Twenty-plume Moth) - Dorsal view CHOREUTOIDEA (a superfamily of moths), eg: Anthophila fabriciana (Nettle-tap, Fabricius’ Nettle-tap, Common Nettle-tap) - Dorsal view - close-up COSSOIDEA (goat and leopard moths), eg: Zeuzera pyrina (Leopard Moth) - In situ - dorsal view - close-up Obtectomera (butterflies and most moths), eg: Saturnia pavonia (Emperor Moth) - Female adult - dorsal view PTEROPHOROIDEA (plume moths), eg: Platyptilia gonodactyla (Triangle Plume) - Dorsal view SESIOIDEA (clearwings), eg: Synansphecia muscaeformis (Thrift Clearwing) - At flower - dorsal view TORTRICOIDEA (cochylid and tortrix moths), eg: Acleris variegana (Garden Rose Tortrix) - Adult - dorsal view ZYGAENOIDEA (burnets and foresters), eg: Zygaena filipendulae subsp. stephensi (a six-spot burnet) - Dorsal view
Clade 563 subtaxa 290 ident refs
ALUCITOIDEA (many-plume moths)
ALUCITIDAE (many-plume moths), eg: Alucita hexadactyla (Many-plume Moth, Twenty-plume Moth) - Dorsal view
Superfamily 1 subtaxon 2 ident refs
CHOREUTIDAE (a family of micro-moths) Family 1 subtaxon  
Anthophila fabriciana (Linnaeus, 1767) (Nettle-tap, Fabricius’ Nettle-tap, Common Nettle-tap)
PYRALOIDEA (grass and meal moths)
CRAMBIDAE (crambid moths), eg: Scoparia pyralella (Meadow Grey) - Adult - dorsal view PYRALIDAE (pyralid moths), eg: Phycita roborella (Dotted Oak Knot-horn) - Dorsal view
Superfamily 48 subtaxa 12 ident refs
PTEROPHOROIDEA (plume moths)
PTEROPHORIDAE (plume moths), eg: Platyptilia gonodactyla (Triangle Plume) - Dorsal view
Superfamily 9 subtaxa 5 ident refs
TORTRICOIDEA (cochylid and tortrix moths)
TORTRICIDAE (tortrix moths), eg: Acleris variegana (Garden Rose Tortrix) - Adult - dorsal view
Superfamily 59 subtaxa 15 ident refs
GELECHIOIDEA (a superfamily of micro-moths)
AUTOSTICHIDAE (a family of micro-moths), eg: Oegoconia deauratella (Scarce Obscure) - Male - dorsal view BLASTOBASIDAE (a family of micro-moths), eg: Blastobasis adustella (Dingy Dowd) - Dorsal view CHIMABACHIDAE (a family of moths), eg: Diurnea fagella (March Tubic) - Top view COLEOPHORIDAE (a family of micro-moths), eg: Coleophora trochilella (Verge Case-bearer) - Adult - dorsal view COSMOPTERIGIDAE (a family of micro-moths), eg: Pancalia leuwenhoekella (Violet Cosmet) - Dorsal view ELACHISTIDAE (a family of micro-moths), eg: Elachista poae (Sweet-grass Dwarf) - Adult - dorsal view GELECHIIDAE (a family of micro-moths), eg: Anacampsis populella (Poplar Sober) - Dorsal MOMPHIDAE (a family of micro-moths), eg: Mompha locupletella (Red Cosmet) - Dorsolateral view OECOPHORIDAE (a family of micro-moths), eg: Unidentified Oecophoridae (Unidentified Oecophorid Micro-moths) - Dorsal view PELEOPODIDAE (a family of moths), eg: Carcina quercana (Long-horned Flat-body) - Latero-dorsal view
Superfamily 61 subtaxa 36 ident refs
GRACILLARIOIDEA (a superfamily of micro-moths)
BUCCULATRICIDAE (a family of micro-moths), eg: Bucculatrix frangutella (Buckthorn Bent-wing) - Leaf mines - top surface GRACILLARIIDAE (a family of micro-moths), eg: Cameraria ohridella (Horse-chestnut Leaf-miner) - Adult - dorsal view ROESLERSTAMMIIDAE (a family of small ermine moths), eg: Roeslerstammia erxlebella (Copper Ermel) - Dorsal view
Superfamily 17 subtaxa 17 ident refs
TINEOIDEA (a superfamily of micro-moths)
PSYCHIDAE (bagworm moths), eg: Diplodoma herminata (Dotted-margin Smoke) - Dorsal view TINEIDAE (tineid micro-moths), eg: Nemapogon cloacella (Cork Moth) - Dorsal view
Superfamily 10 subtaxa 9 ident refs
(Nemapogon cloacella / Schiffermuelleria similella) (a pair of micromoths) Informal 1 subtaxon  
Nemapogon cloacella (Haworth, 1828) (Cork Moth)
Dorsal view
YPONOMEUTOIDEA (a superfamily of micro-moths)
GLYPHIPTERIGIDAE (a family of micro-moths), eg: Glyphipterix simpliciella (Cocksfoot Moth) - Visiting Silverweed flower PLUTELLIDAE (a family of moths), eg: Plutella xylostella (Diamond Backed Moth, Diamond-back Moth) - Dorsal view YPONOMEUTIDAE (small ermine moths), eg: Yponomeuta sedella (Sedum Ermine, Grey Ermine) - Dorsal view YPSOLOPHIDAE (a family of moths), eg: Ypsolopha dentella (Honeysuckle Moth) - Adult - dorsal view - close-up
Superfamily 16 subtaxa 12 ident refs
ZEUGLOPTERA (jawed micro-moths) Suborder 2 subtaxa  
MICROPTERIGOIDEA (jawed micro-moths)
MICROPTERIGIDAE (jawed micro-moths), eg: Micropterix aruncella (White-barred Gold) - Male - dorsal view
Superfamily 2 subtaxa 1 ident refs

Suggested Literature

Identification Works

Berkshire Moth Group, 2013 (100 commonest species) Common Micro-moths of Berkshire
Corley, M. The Families of British Microlepidoptera
Emmet, A.M. (Ed.), 1988 A Field Guide to the Smaller British Lepidoptera
Ford, L.T., 1949 A Guide to the Smaller British Lepidoptera
British Lepidoptera: British Lepidoptera
Photo gallery: Moths - micro lepidoptera: Photo gallery: Moths - micro lepidoptera
Microlepidoptera of Finland - an Overview: Microlepidoptera of Finland - an Overview
Sterling, P., Parsons, M. & Lewington, R., 2012 Field Guide to the Micro-moths of Great Britain and Ireland
Suffolk Moth Group British Micro-Lepidoptera


Anon Lep Mines Crib Sheet
György Csóka, 2003 Levélaknák és Levélaknázók - Leaf Mines and Leaf Miners
Robbins, R., 1990 A Provisional Atlas of The Leaf Miners of Warwickshire, with notes on others occurring in the Midlands

Plant galls

Darlington, A., 1968 A Pocket Encyclopedia of Plant Galls in colour

(Microlepidoptera) may also be covered by literature listed under:

(living things)
(insects and other 6-legged organisms)
(true insects)
(butterflies and moths)

BioInfo BioInfo ( has 1262 feeding and other relationships of (Microlepidoptera) (micro-moths)

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