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Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Uncommon and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: May

Forewing: 5mm.


Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded20141859188318832009
Year last recorded20142011200420122009
Number of records144122
Number of individuals200140
Unique positions144112
Unique locations144112
Adult records00000
Immature records121102

For the county, we have a total of 23 records from 22 sites. First recorded in 1859.


02.006 Eriocrania cicatricella 05 mine on birch
© Andy Nunn
02.006 Eriocrania cicatricella 04 multiple larvae in mine
© Dave Shenton
02.006 Eriocrania cicatricella 03 larvae
© Derek Parkinson
02.006 Eriocrania cicatricella 02 mine
© Derek Parkinson
02.006 Eriocrania cicatricella 01
© Charlie Streets, 22 Feb 2009

Species Account

Similar species: 0007 Eriocrania chrysolepidella.

For further information refer UK Moths.
For information on genitalia determination refer to Lepidoptera Dissection Group 2013 website for male and female.
Most records are of leafmines. Refer leafmines.co.uk

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Recorded from all five vice-counties but all are shown as unconfirmed on map 11 in MBGBI 1.

2012 (CHF): Adults can be tricky to separate from other birch-feeding Eriocrania species particularly E. unimaculella. The larvae are more characteristic - the head is whitish with light brown mouth parts. They tend to be communal with at least two and sometimes four larvae in a single mine. Mines are usually vacated by the end of May.

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