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Caloptilia and a 2mm mystery

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Old Saturday 13th July 2019, 09:26   #1
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Caloptilia and a 2mm mystery

Hello!

I've a couple of micros from last night's light trap that I'm trying to identify. Can anyone help?

John Doe #1 looks like one of the Caloptilia species to me, maybe betulicola? FL 6-7mm.

John Doe #2 is all of 2mm long and can even fit in the gap between tube and cap, but it makes it very hard to ID (and photograph). In the absence of a serious macro lens, can anyone suggest what we're looking at? Almost like a massively shrunken Tineid.

All advice gratefully received.
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Old Saturday 13th July 2019, 17:59   #2
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Your second moth is a member of the Nepticulidae. They often squeeze into the gap as you mention. They can be tricky to id and are often easier from their leaf mines - or genitalia.
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Your second moth is a member of the Nepticulidae. They often squeeze into the gap as you mention. They can be tricky to id and are often easier from their leaf mines - or genitalia.
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Ah, thank you is it the size that leads to that conclusion?

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