8: INCURVARIIDAE AND 7: LONG-HORNS

8.005 Striped Leaf-cutter (Phylloporia bistrigella) mines and larval cut-outs on birch at North Dean wood, Sept. 2nd 2017.

8.005 Striped Leaf-cutter (Phylloporia bistrigella) mine and cut-out, details as above. They seem to create a two or three tone leaf. A very satisfying find this one as it marked my 500th moth species recorded in Calderdale :-)

8.005 Striped Leaf-cutter (Phylloporia bistrigella) mine and cut-out in Birch at Milner Royd Nature Reserve, July 9th 2019. One of several present on the same tree.

8.001 Pale Feathered Leaf-cutter (Incurvaria pectinea) mines and larvae in Downy Birch, Norland bilberry slopes, May 27th 2010. Each leaf usually has several mines.

8.001 Pale Feathered Leaf-cutter (Incurvaria pectinea) mines and larvae. A back lit shot of one of the leaves pictured above. Ten mines, all tenanted with feeding larvae.

8.001 Pale Feathered Leaf-cutter (Incurvaria pectinea) mine cut-outs in birch at Turgate Delph, Norland on July 17th 2022. Once the larvae are fully fed they excise their mines to build a case, they then fall to the ground and pupate inside it.

8.001 Pale Feathered Leaf-cutter (Incurvaria pectinea) - male, Norland bilberry slopes, May 4th 2010. Captured by day. One of the few micros with pectinate (feathered) antennae. Reasonably easy to find amongst the Downy Birch here.

8.002 Feathered Leaf-cutter (Incurvaria masculella) - male, in the garden, May 18th 05. A field observation.

7.012 Sandy Long-horn (Nematopogon schwarziellus) at North Dean wood on May 16th 05. A field observation.

7.015 Large Long-horn (Nematopogon swammerdamella), North Dean wood, Apr.22nd 2011. Captured by day. Wingspan 21mm - the largest of the longhorn moths.

7.001 Yellow-barred Long-horn (Nemophora degeerella) - female, North Dean wood, June 26th 06.

7.001 Yellow-barred Long-horn (Nemophora degeerella) - male, North Dean meadow, June 6th 05. 

7.006 Green Long-horn (Adela reaumurella) case and larva, Long wood, June 2nd 2014. A field observation on oak. Taking in to account the size, shape and construction of the case and the sclerotized larval plates I strongly suspect it to be of this species.

7.006 Green Long-horn (Adela reaumurella) - female, North Dean wood, May 8th 05. A field observation on oak.

7.006 Green Long-horn (Adela reaumurella) - males, North Dean wood, May 23rd 06. Males, with their longer antennae are dancing in the warm spring sunshine around oaks. Presumably it's a visual display to attract females.

7.010 Meadow Long-horn (Cauchas rufimitrella) - male, a field observation on Bramble at the former sewage works at West Vale, May 21st 2014. Easily mistaken for a fly (which I did) with long antennae, it has a forewing of around 5mm. This male has antennae twice the length of the forewing.

7.010 Meadow Long-horn (Cauchas rufimitrella) on its foodplant Garlic Mustard near the Calder at Milner Royd on May 16th 2020. Groups of up to a dozen here have been noted flying in the sunshine.

7.010 Meadow Long-horn (Cauchas rufimitrella) female at Tag meadow, Cromwell Bottom, June 6th 2019. A breezy day, this one was hanging on for dear life on the flower of an Ox-eye Daisy.

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