34: COSMOPTERIGIDAE, 36 BATRACHEDRIDAE, 40: MOMPHIDAE, 47: EPERMENIIDAE

36.001 Poplar Cosmet (Batrachedra praeangusta), a field observation on a willow trunk, North Dean meadow, June 29th 06. 

40.013 Red Mompha (Mompha locupletella), North Dean wood, June 26th 2006. A field observation on Himalayan Balsam. This very small colony was observed again the following year at this site but as the woodland begins to encroached on this once open area I wouldn't be surprised if the colony is no longer. 

40.013 Red Mompha (Mompha locupletella), same moth as above.


40.015 Little Mompha (Mompha raschkiella) mines in Rosebay Willowherb, Norland village, June 30th 2010. The early corridor of the mine is often tinged reddish.

40.015 Little Mompha (Mompha raschkiella) tenanted mine on Rosebay Willowherb, Carr Hall lane, Stainland, July 7th 2017.



40.015 Little Mompha (Mompha raschkiella), June 27th 2014. Reared from mines found earlier at Elland Bridge.


40.001 Large Dark Mompha (Mompha conturbatella), Norland village, June 30th 2010. Captured by day from a patch of Rosebay Willowherb. A beautifully marked little moth with several patches of raised scales along the trailing edge of the wings. This and the ones below are my only records.

40.001 Large Dark Mompha (Mompha conturbatella), Copley meadow, June 23rd 08. A field observation on Rosebay Willowherb on a rather breezy day which explains the lack of sharpness to the photo.

40.010 Common Mompha (Mompha epilobiella) by the towpath at Elland, June 15th 06. A field observation.

34.004 Bulrush Cosmet (Limnaecia phragmitella) larva on a reedmace seedhead from Tag Loop, Feb.14th 2011. I found the best way to see if larvae are present was to open the seed head (outdoors!) over a piece of white paper and if present they should soon drop on to the paper where they are easily found. The one pictured is burrowing into an unopened seedhead to be reared through.

34.004 Bulrush Cosmet (Limnaecia phragmitella) July 1st 2011. Reared from the larvae from Tag Loop. To rear this species the larvae need to be kept in an extremely secure container as they can push their way out of the tightest of gaps - as I soon found out. Tupperware boxes with push on lids are not secure enough.

47.005 Garden Lance-wing (Epermenia chaerophyllella) larva on Hogweed, North Dean wood, Sept.13th 2012. One of two larvae feeding within a light spinning on the underside of the leaf. 


47.005 Garden Lance-wing (Epermenia chaerophyllella) pupa and cocoon, Sept.17th 2012. Both larvae soon pupated on the Hogweed leaf they were found on and spun this flimsy, net-like cocoon. The pupae have begun to colour up and will emerge in a couple of weeks or so.



47.005 Garden Lance-wing (Epermenia chaerophyllella), June 23rd 2014. Reared from larvae found at Bankhouse wood on Hogweed earlier in the month.

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