Ectoedemia decentella?

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Ectoedemia decentella?

Postby Tim_Ward on Sat Jun 29, 2019 3:19 pm

This tiny micro (3mm) appeared in my overflowing trap last night. I've provisionally identified it as Ectoedemia decentella. I gather that species E. sericopeza and E. louisella are similar but are restricted to more southerly regions? Please can you confirm.
Thanks, Tim
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Re: Ectoedemia decentella?

Postby SteveH on Sun Jun 30, 2019 6:39 am

Looks good to me Greg - its a Category 2A species so you have enough for the ID.

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Re: Ectoedemia decentella?

Postby stevehind on Sun Jun 30, 2019 1:57 pm

E. sericopeza and E. louisella both occur in Cheshire. Best found by looking for the mines in the keys of Norway & Field Maples.

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Re: Ectoedemia decentella?

Postby Tim_Ward on Sun Jun 30, 2019 8:50 pm

Hi Steve (Hind). I've kept the moth so if you are willing to dissect.....?
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Re: Ectoedemia decentella?

Postby stevehind on Mon Jul 01, 2019 3:06 pm

Hi Tim
I don't normally dissect the Nepticulidae, as they are too small for me and most are best identified from their leaf mines, or in this case, samara mine. This is also one of the few which does not require dissecting, as the adults are distinctive and photos are usually adequate.

I was not disagreeing with your ID, just commenting on your quote
I gather that species E. sericopeza and E. louisella are similar but are restricted to more southerly regions?


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