Family: Hepialidae (BF: 14)
(l) Female: (Adams Road sanctuary TL434586) 26 Jun 2012
(r) Male: (Barnwell East LNR TL479582) 5 Jul 2016
The common name refers to the pure white males.
The larvae feed underground on roots.
Hepialidae are considered to be very primitive moths. They have very short antennae and lack a functional proboscis.
Family: Hepialidae (BF: 15)
Cambridge, Gwydir Street 12 Aug 2003
The males (as here) are smaller and more brightly coloured than the females.
The larvae of this species also feed underground on roots.
This species was until recently included in genus
, some lists still place it there.
Family: Nepticulidae (BF: 50)
Cambridge, Gwydir Street 27 Sep 2014
A tiny moth little more than 3mm long, with a distinctive orange top-knot.
The larvae are leaf miners on brambles.
Family: Adelidae (BF: 146)
Cambridge (Mill Road Cemetery, TL461581) 16 Jul 2015
The larvae feed on scabious (
), initially on the seeds, later building a case and feeding on fallen and lower leaves.
Family: Adelidae (BF: 148)
Cambridge (Coldham's Common TL474583) 25 May 2015
Notable for the extraordinarily long antennae of the males, as seen here, and for their behaviour of "dancing" in groups beneath a tree.
The larvae feed on leaf litter.
Family: Adelidae (BF: 152)
Cambridge, Gwydir Street 30 May 2015
Distinguished by its brassy green forewings and yellow top-knot.
Larvae feed on cuckoo flower (
) and garlic mustard (
); adults visit the same flowers.
Sometimes listed as
Family: Zygaenidae (BF: 169)
Cambridge, 29 Jul 2008
Often found on flowers such as knapweed during the day.
The larvae feed mainly on bird's-foot trefoil (
Family: Gracillariidae (BF: 293)
Cambridge, Gwydir Street 25 May 2015
Very distinctively marked little moth.
Larvae are leaf-miners on privet (
) and lilac (
), and can be a pest by causing leaves to turn brown and curl up.
Family: Sesiidae (BF: 373)
Cambridge, Gwydir Street 23 Jun 2001
Length (head to tail tufts): 9mm. Span (resting) 13mm
Larvae bore in stems on currant and gooseberry
Family: Sesiidae (BF: 379)
Cambridge, Gwydir Street 26 Jul 2003
Larvae under bark of old fruit trees, especially apples
The apparent spine-like projections on the wing-tips must actually be its fore-wings tightly folded
Family: Choreutidae (BF: 385)
Cambridge, Gwydir Street 3 Jun 2002
As the name indicates, the larvae feed on nettles
Family: Glyphipterigidae (BF: 391)
Cambridge, Coldhams Common TL473585; 25 May 2015
Tiny moth little more than 3mm long, visits buttercup flowers often in numbers.
Larvae eat the seeds of Cock's Foot grass (
Cherry Fruit Moth
Family: Yponomeutidae (BF: 420)
Cambridge, Gwydir Street 12 Jun 2002
Larvae live in cherry fruit, can be a pest.
One of several
spp. which adopt this head-down resting posture
Family: Yponomeutidae (BF: 427)
Cambridge, Gwydir Street 21 Jul 2001
Length (head to wing tips): 10mm.
Very similar to
, this species has pure white ground to the forewings, including the wingtip cilia
Larvae feed on Spindle tree (
Family: Yponomeutidae (BF: 464)
Cambridge, Gwydir Street 17 Jul 2001
Length (head to wing tips): 8mm.
Also known as Cabbage Moth, larvae can be a pest on cultivated brassica crops.
A noted migrant species which arrives in Britain in considerable numbers each spring to breed in the summer
Family: Yponomeutidae (BF: 465)
Cambridge, Gwydir Street 12 Jul 2002
Larave feed on dame's violet (
Photograph rotated for convenience of presentation
Family: Epermeniidae (BF: 481)
Cambridge (Trumpington Meadows TL433543) 9 Jun 2015
Larvae feed on wild angelica (
) or ground-elder (
), feeding in spun leaves or mining the stems.