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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: None

Local Status: Fairly common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: May-Jun, Aug.

Forewing: 4mm.

Foodplant: Bramble.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19041859188319872012
Year last recorded20142014201520142012
Number of records2619243441
Number of individuals601012510
Unique positions1619156421
Unique locations1716170381
Adult records1202810
Immature records1317208431

For the county, we have a total of 333 records from 242 sites. First recorded in 1859.


0125 Emmetia marginea 04 mine on bramble
© Andy Nunn
0125 Emmetia marginea 03 mine on Bramble
© Dave Shenton
0125 Emmetia marginea 02 mine
© Dave Shenton
0125 Emmetia marginea 01 adult ex mine on Bramble
© Dave Shenton

Species Account

Many records are of leaf-mines.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widespread and common throughout all five vice-counties.

2013 (CHF): Locally common in the south and centre of the county. The larvae mine bramble leaves. A short corridor leads to a funnel-shaped long elliptical white blotch with scalloped edges. It is unlikely to be mistaken for any other species. The adult moths sometimes come to light and look a little like Tischeria ekebladella but have darker margins to the wing and a dark tornal dot when fresh. The resting posture is a little less triangular.

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