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Orange Swift Triodia sylvina (Linnaeus, 1761)

Triodia sylvina
  • Family: Hepialidae (Checklist: 3.001)
  • 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 Hepialus, some lists still place it there.
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Ghost Moth Hepialus humuli (Linnaeus, 1758)

Hepialus humuli Hepialus humuli
  • Family: Hepialidae (Checklist: 3.005)
  • (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.
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Stigmella aurella (Fabricius, 1775)

Stigmella aurella
  • Family: Nepticulidae (Checklist: 4.045)
  • 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.
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Nemophora degeerella (Linnaeus, 1758)

Nemophora degeerella Nemophora degeerella
  • Family: Adelidae (Checklist: 7.001)
  • 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.
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Nemophora cupriacella (Hübner, 1819)

Nemophora cupriacella
  • Family: Adelidae (Checklist: 7.003)
  • Cambridge (Mill Road Cemetery, TL461581) 16 Jul 2015
  • The larvae feed on scabious (Knautia, Succisa or Scabiosa), initially on the seeds, later building a case and feeding on fallen and lower leaves.
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Adela rufimitrella (Scopoli, 1763)

Adela rufimitrella
  • Family: Adelidae (Checklist: 7.010)
  • Cambridge, Gwydir Street 30 May 2015
  • Distinguished by its brassy green forewings and yellow top-knot.
  • Larvae feed on cuckoo flower (Cardamine pratense) and garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata); adults visit the same flowers.
  • Sometimes listed as Cauchas rufimitrella.
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Gracillaria syringella (Fabricius, 1794)

Gracillaria syringella
  • Family: Gracillariidae (Checklist: 15.014)
  • Cambridge, Gwydir Street 25 May 2015
  • Very distinctively marked little moth.
  • Larvae are leaf-miners on privet (Ligustrum) and lilac (Syringa), and can be a pest by causing leaves to turn brown and curl up.
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Spindle ermine Yponomeuta cagnagella (Hübner, 1813)

Yponomeuta cagnagella
  • Family: Yponomeutidae (Checklist: 16.004)
  • Cambridge, Gwydir Street 21 Jul 2001
  • Length (head to wing tips): 10mm.
  • Very similar to Y. padella and Y. malinella, this species has pure white ground to the forewings, including the wingtip cilia
  • Larvae feed on Spindle tree (Euonymus)
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Diamondback Moth Plutella xylostella (Linnaeus, 1758)

Plutella xylostella
  • Family: Yponomeutidae (Checklist: 18.001)
  • 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
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Plutella porrectella (Linnaeus, 1758)

Plutella porrectella
  • Family: Yponomeutidae (Checklist: 18.003)
  • Cambridge, Gwydir Street 12 Jul 2002
  • Larave feed on dame's violet (Hesperis matronalis).
  • Photograph rotated for convenience of presentation
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Cocksfoot Moth Glyphipterix simpliciella (Stephens, 1834)

Glyphipterix simpliciella
  • Family: Glyphipterigidae (Checklist: 19.007)
  • 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 (Dactylis glomerata)
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Cherry Fruit Moth Argyresthia pruniella (Fabricius, 1777)

Argyresthia pruniella
  • Family: Argyresthiidae (Checklist: 20.021)
  • Cambridge, Gwydir Street 12 Jun 2002
  • Larvae live in cherry fruit, can be a pest.
  • One of several Argyresthia spp. which adopt this head-down resting posture
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Apple Leaf Miner Lyonetia clerkella (Linnaeus, 1758)

Lyonetia clerkella
  • Family: Lyonetiidae (Checklist: 21.001)
  • Cambridge, Gwydir Street 13 Jul 2018
  • Larvae form winding mines on the leaves of apple trees; also cherry, hawthorn and birch.
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