Wainscot Smudge


Ypsolopha scabrella – Quite an extraordinary looking little moth with distinctive raised tufts which can be seen when the moth is at rest.


Wainscot Smudge Ypsolopha scabrella


Wainscot Smudge Ypsolopha scabrella


Copyright: Peter Hillman
Camera used: Nikon D7200
Date taken: 20th July 2017
Place: Attracted to moth trap, rear garden, Staffordshire


 

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.