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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Uncommon and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3 adult, 2 leaf-mine   See here for explanation

Flight time: mid-Mar-Apr.

Forewing: 5-7mm.

Foodplant: Birch.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded20131913200920052009
Year last recorded20142011201420152015
Number of records246133
Number of individuals2211260
Unique positions24683
Unique locations24683
Adult records02150
Immature records22583

For the county, we have a total of 28 records from 23 sites. First recorded in 1913.


02.008 Eriocrania sangii 06 tenanted mine
© Terry Box
02.008 Eriocrania sangii 05
© Paul & David Ashton, 30 Mar 2017
02.008 Eriocrania sangii 04 mine on birch
© Andy Nunn
02.008 Eriocrania sangii 03 tenanted mine
© Dave Shenton
02.008 Eriocrania sangii 02 larva
© Charles Fletcher, 14 May 2009
02.008 Eriocrania sangii 01 mine and larva
© Charlie Streets, 9 May 2009

Species Account

Similar species: 0013 Eriocrania semipurpurella.

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

Argus 58, 2009:
VC65. Hutton Conyers, mine, 14.5.2009 (CHF); Armagill Moor, mine 17.5.2009 (CHF, JCW). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): Adults are virtually impossible to tell from E. semipurpurella however the larvae are very distinctive being a dark greenish-grey, quite unlike other Eriocrania larvae.

Argus 69, 2013:
VC61. Skipwith Common, larvae in mine on birch 19.5.2013 (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

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