Looking down on a tiny Horse Chestnut Leaf Miner moth  showing pattern

Horse Chestnut Leaf Miner moth. Photo: Mark Pike

Mark tells us he was surprised to find this Micro moth, wing span 8mm, on his windowsill at home in Motcombe on 11/09/18.

This species was discovered near Macedonia in 1985, and since then has spread rapidly to other countries in Europe.

It was first discovered in Britain at Wimbledon in south-west London in 2002, but possibly had arrived the previous year, as it was quite plentiful. It is thought that the species may be expanding partially due to accidental transportation by man, either by road or rail.

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