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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:


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

Micro-moth (E sulphurella)

Esperia sulphurella

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