Yponomeutidae

Cherry Fruit Moth Argyresthia pruniella

Cherry Fruit Moth Argyresthia pruniella

This is quite a mouthful to pronounce, I know, but Yponomeutidae is quite an interesting and varied family of micro moths. These are the ermine moths, so called as some species resemble a stoat in its winter coat, being white with black dots. They belong to the superfamily Yponomeutoidea. The larvae often form communal webs, and can be serious pests in agriculture and forestry. There are around 73 speices found in the UK, with 8 subfamilies. Here are a few examples.

Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostell

Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostell

Ypsolopha scabrella

Ypsolopha scabrella

Ypsolopha sequella

Ypsolopha sequella

Bird-cherry Ermine Yponomeuta evonymella

Bird-cherry Ermine Yponomeuta evonymella


All photographs taken in 2011, rear garden, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2011.

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    • Thank you, Vicki 🙂 I only had a bridge camera at the time, and they were and always are a challenge to photo as they are so tiny, and don’t always keep still.

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