12: TINEIDAE AND 54: BURNETS

54.008 Six-spot Burnets nectaring on knapweed at Tag Loop on July 17th 06.

54.009 Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet larvae and cocoon on Tag Loop on May 17th 2011. Vast armies of burnet moth larvae ascend any available vegetation at this time of year to spin their papery cocoons.

54.009 Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet  larva, Tag Loop, May 17th 2011. This one's in the process of spinning up prior to pupation. 

54.009 Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet cocoons, Tag Loop, May 17th 2011. The larvae were so numerous there were often multiple cocoons per stem.

54.009 Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet nectaring on Red Clover at Tag Loop, Cromwell Bottom on July 1st 05.

54.009 Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet mating pair at North Loop, Cromwell Bottom, June 23rd 2019. It was refreshing to see hundreds of these recently emerged on this newly vegetated site after the almost total disappearance of these at nearby Tag Loop.

12.026 Common Clothes Moths (Tineola bisselliella), just a few of the many dead specimens from an old, infested rug at Peachysteve's Mirey Wall farm at Sowerby on July 11th 2021.

12.026 Common Clothes Moth (Tineola bisselliella) inside the Collinson moth collection at Savile Park on May 20th 2022. 
See "Collinson's cabinet collection" on the home page for more details.

12.026 Common Clothes Moth (Tineola bisselliella) details above.

12.027 Case-bearer Clothes Moth (Tinea pellionella) case and larva, May 31st 2021. One of a thriving colony (or infestation) at Halifax Scientific Society member Richard Robinson's house at Sowood. One of several I brought home to rear through.

12.027 Case-bearer Clothes Moth on June 4th 2021, details above. Two cases and one larva in among the carpet I was feeding them on!

12.027 Case-bearer Clothes Moth on June 27th 2021, reared from one of the cases mentioned above.

12.033 Bird's-nest Moth (Tinea trinotella), one of two to MV light at the cafe area at Cromwell Bottom, June 1st 2019.

12.048 Fern Smut (Psychoides filicivora) mine and case on Hart's Tongue Fern, Skircoat Green, Feb. 26th 09. The case from which the larva feeds is made with the sporangia from the frond which gives it excellent camouflage.

12.048 Fern Smut (Psychoides filicivora) feeding case, empty pupal case and newly emerged adult, Mar. 28th 09. One of two adults reared from the mines pictured above. Not only a first for me but for Yorkshire as well, I'm sure this moth will become more commonly recorded as the species spreads northwards. The mines were found growing out of a mortared garden wall on the side of a busy main road.

12.048 Fern Smut (Psychoides filicivora), Mar. 28th 09. Reared from the mines pictured above.

12.048 Fern Smut (Psychoides filicivora) mines and larvae on Hart's Tong Fern in the garden, Feb.27th 2016. Seven years after my first record half a mile away it has now colonised the garden - on the only fern present. The larvae leave their cases to feed freely within the mine; they can also be transferred to new mines on a fresher leaf if necessary.

12.048 Fern Smut (Psychoides filicivora) larva being transferred from the frond pictured above to a fresher one.

12.048 Fern Smut (Psychoides filicivora) pupa reared from the above larva. The diagnostic tornal spot is clearly visible.

12.048 Fern Smut (Psychoides filicivora) larval cases on the underside of Western Polypody at Manor Heath park, Sept. 15th 2019. The fern was indentified during a walk and talk led by Laurence Sutton for the Halifax Scientific Society. Aside from the five brown, sporangia covered cases shown there was one larva present and two adult moths flying around the fern. It has rarely, if ever, been recorded before using this species of fern as a host in the UK.

12.006 Silver-barred Clothes Moth (Infurcitinea argentimaculella) larval tube at Hollas Lane, Copley, Mar. 19th 2019. It was found on an old Sycamore trunk covered in lepraria? lichen. The tube is silk-lined, 20mm long and adorned with lichen and about 20% frass.

12.006 Silver-barred Clothes Moth (Infurcitinea argentimaculella) found on the outside of my dining room window sill on July 13th 2018. A daytime capture. I've given it a good looking at under the microscope and keyed it down to Tineidae per Sterling and Parsons micro guide (who knew their palps had protruding bristles!). I think it must therefore be of this species. 

12.014 Gold-speckled Clothes Moth (Nemaxera betulinella), Bankhouse wood, July 23rd 09. Captured by day. Small and extremely well camouflaged among the bark of oak. 
 A quote from Tutt's "Practical hints for the field lepidopterist" sums up my experience perfectly: "A very careful search must be made to detect the moth as it sits in the fissures of the bark where it is easily passed for an uneveness in the bark or a piece of lichen."

12.016 Cork Moth (Nemapogon cloacella) netted late evening in the garden on Aug. 8th 2020. 

12.036  Skin Moth, Apr. 29th 09. One of a couple of dozen reared from around 10 old bird's nests supplied to me by Nick Carter of the Halifax birdwatchers club on Mar. 23rd 09. The emerged moths soon began to pair up in their rearing (Kerbside) box.

12.032 Fulvous Clothes Moth (Tinea semifulvella), Bankhouse wood, June 27th 2010. One of two netted at dusk that summer.

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