New Moth Presented to The Natural History Museum

A specimen of a recently discovered micro-moth, found only in the UK, is being presented to The Natural History Museum.

The moth named Ectoedemia heckfordi after its discoverer, amateur naturalist Bob Heckford is only found on oak saplings within Hembury Woods in Devon, a site managed by the National Trust.

Mr Heckford is presenting the Natural History Museum with the original specimen.

“We hear so much about the losses to the natural world, and less about the gains; which makes this find, however small, so important,” says Matthew Oates, an adviser on nature conservation at the National Trust.

“Amateur naturalists have a wonderful window on the wildlife world and nature continues to amaze us and throw up surprises even in the UK.”

There are over 2,000 species of micro moth in the UK.