INCURVARIIDAE AND LONGHORNS

128 Phylloporia bistrigella mines and larval cut-outs on birch at North Dean wood, Sept. 2nd 2017.

128 Phylloporia bistrigella mine, details as above. Seems to create a two or three tone leaf. A very satisfying find this one as it marked my 500th moth species recorded in Calderdale :-)


129 Incurvaria pectinea mines and larvae in Silver Birch, Norland bilberry slopes, May 27th 2010. Each leaf usually has several mines.

129 Incurvaria pectinea mines and larvae. A back lit shot of one of the leaves pictured above. Ten mines, all tenanted with feeding larvae.

129 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 Silver Birch here.

130 Incurvaria masculella (male) in the garden, May 18th 05. A field observation.

140 Nematopogon swammerdamella, North Dean wood, Apr.22nd 2011. Captured by day. Wingspan 21mm - the largest of the longhorn moths.

148 Nemophora degeerella (female), North Dean wood, June 26th 06.

148 Nemophora degeerella (male), North Dean meadow, June 6th 05. 

150 Adela reaumurella case and larva, Long wood, June 2nd 2014. 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.

150 Adela reaumurella (female), North Dean wood, May 8th 05. A field observation on oak.

150 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.

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

152 Cauchas (Adela) rufimitrella , details as above. There were around six individuals noted flying in the hot sunshine - usually around their foodplant Garlic Mustard. As with the moth above it's quite worn and lacking the orange tuft on the top of it's head.

152 Cauchas (Adela) rufimitrella following on from above, I netted one specimen to examine and photograph in less harsh sunlight at home. The distinctive orangey crown is visible in this less worn moth. 

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