04 May, 2014

Phyllonorycter muelleriella

Carrying on the (repetitive) theme of moths, this little stunner here is Phyllonorycter muelleriella- netted from an oak during yesterday's session on the patch. This rather scarce species has a more westerly distribution than other moths in the same genus, present mainly along the Welsh border and into northern England. For some reason, I hadn't clocked the fact that it could still be found in Worcestershire, so it was a nice surprise to find this well-marked individual on an otherwise casual, unassuming visit to the patch. Certainly not a moth I'd have any chance of seeing back in the home counties...

Probably my new favourite member of the Phyllonorycter genus- this one was genuinely emanating light from its body!

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