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Micro Moth - Heliozela aesella

Micro Moth - Heliozela aesella
Ballston Lake, Saratoga County, New York, USA
April 24, 2010
Size: 3 mm
Metallic highlights. Found on a flowering sweet cherry. ID help appreciated.

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Micro Moth - Heliozela aesella Micro Moth - Heliozela aesella

Found Another
Is this another example:

Moved
Moved from Heliozelidae.

Moved
Moved from ID Request. Thanks, J.D. It matches the descriptions I've seen of H. aesella. Looks like we may need a new page for it.

Metallic highlights?
By "metallic highlights," do you mean an overall metallic bronze sheen?

 
No, from the front
it looks silvery. That's how I noticed it, highly reflective in the sunlight. It's very small, and my eyes aren't good enough to see the details, but in the photo you can see the reflections off the head, legs, and leading edge of the the wings . The yellowish thing appears to be a curled up proboscis (is that what it's called?). Thanks for responding, Ken and J.D.

 
2nd pic
That second pic you added showed me exactly what I wanted to see.

I believe it's a Heliozela aesella, although a second opinion is always good on these micros. Thanks for adding the other pic.

 
H aesella
I agree that this is Heliozela aesella.

Moth of some kind, I think.
Some of the Microcaddisflies look a bit like this, but from what I can tell they don't seem to have the metallic patches you find in some of the tiny moths. Also, this just looks mothy to me.

I could be wrong, though. In any case, I'm sure someone will be able to confirm/correct--and perhaps advance the ID.

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