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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Very rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: late Apr-early May.

Forewing: 5mm.

Foodplant: Birch.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded188318831883
Year last recorded188320141991
Number of records152
Number of individuals031
Unique positions152
Unique locations152
Adult records021
Immature records020

For the county, we have a total of 8 records from 8 sites. First recorded in 1883.


02.005 Eriocrania salopiella 04 mine on birch
© Andy Nunn
02.005 Eriocrania salopiella 03 mine on birch
© Terry Box, 13 May 2018
02.005 Eriocrania salopiella 02 tenanted mine
© Dave Shenton
02.005 Eriocrania salopiella 01 tenanted leaf mine
© Dave Shenton

Species Account

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: There are old single records from vice-counties 62, 63 and 64 which are regarded as unconfirmed on map 10 in MBGBI 1.

2012 (CHF): Tricky to separate from some of the other birch-feeding Eriocrania species. The hindwing is distinctive - whitish in the basal half of the hind margin and grey apically. Larval mines are similar to E. sparrmannella starting close to the mid-rib, but it mines earlier - May and early June.

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