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Micro moths


A range of families of small moths, many day flying. Quite variable in appearance and many difficult to identify.

The information about this group of species has been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Sites List Records List Recent Records Guidance Notes

For more information about a species click/tap its photograph:

  • White-speck

    Mythimna unipuncta
  • Yellow-barred Longhorn Moth

    Nemophora degeerella
  • Oak Longhorn Moth

    Adela reaumurella
  • Hawthorn Moth

    Scythropia crataegella
  • Bird-cherry Ermine

    Yponomeuta evonymella
  • Spindle Ermine

    Yponomeula cagnatella
  • Diamond-back Moth

    Plutella xylostella
  • Micro-moth [A marcidella]

    Acrolepiopsis marcidella
  • Sulphur Tubic Moth

    Esperia sulphurella
  • Micro moth (M subbistrigella )

    Mompha subbistrigella
  • Twenty-plume Moth

    Alucita hexadactyla
  • Saltmarsh Plume

    Agdistis bennetii
  • Beautiful Plume Moth

    Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
  • Crescent Plume

    Marasmarcha lunaedactyla
  • Scarce Light Plume

    Crombrugghia laetus
  • White Plume Moth

    Pterpherpteryx pentadactyla
  • Common Plume Moth

    Emmelina monodactyla
  • Tortrix moth (E immundana)

    Epinotia immundana
  • Spotted Shoot Moth

    Rhyacionia pinivorana
  • Tortrix moth (P regiana)

    Pammene regiana
  • Wax Moth

    Galleria mellonella
  • Red-striped Knot-horn

    Oncocera Semirubella
  • Thistle Ermine

    Myelois circumvoluta
  • Boxworm Moth

    Cydamila perspectalis
  • Garden Grass Veneer

    Chrysoteuchia culmella
  • Brown China Mark

    Nymphula nymphaeata
  • Ringed China-mark

    Parapoynx stratiolata
  • Beautiful China Mark

    Nymphula nitidulata
  • Garden Pebble

    Evergestis forficalis
  • Grass moth (E limbata)

    Evergestis limbata
  • Small Purple and Gold

    Pyrausta aurata
  • Common Purple and Gold Moth

    Pyrausta purpuralis
  • Lesser Pearl Moth

    Sitochroa verticalis
  • Small Magpie

    Eurrhypara hortulata
  • Grass Moth (E coronata)

    Anania coronata
  • European Corn-borer

    Ostrinia nubilalis
  • Rusty Dot Pearl

    Udea ferrugalis
  • Mother of Pearl

    Pleuroptya ruralis
  • Olive-tree Pearl

    Palpita vitrealis

These much rarer species have also been recorded in Dorset:

Click/tap the species common name if you want to see more information.

Species Common Name Scientific Name Status
Rush Veneer Nomophila noctuella


Primarily an immigrant species to southern England often in large numbers