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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-Aug, then hibernates to following Spring.

Forewing: 7-8mm.

Foodplant: Alder.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19881859188319632001
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records910252810
Number of individuals7118105
Unique positions91018245
Unique locations91019245
Adult records5213115
Immature records4812164

For the county, we have a total of 82 records from 67 sites. First recorded in 1859.


15.004 Caloptilia elongella 04 ex mine on alder
© Andy Nunn
15.004 Caloptilia elongella 03
© Ian Marshall, 3 Nov 2015
15.004 Caloptilia elongella 02 leaf roll
© Dave Shenton
15.004 Caloptilia elongella 01
© Charles Fletcher. 25 Mar 2005

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This species was formerly confused with C. betulicola (Hering) and many early records cannot be substantiated. There are few confirmed County records, it is certainly under-recorded and should be looked for among alder.

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