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Distribution


 
 

Summary Data


Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: late Mar-early May.

Forewing: 5-8mm.

Foodplant: Birch.

Regional breakdown:

 VC61VC62VC63VC64VC65
Year first recorded19041859188318831883
Year last recorded20142010201420112015
Number of records9711155
Number of individuals148370325
Unique positions8710124
Unique locations6710124
Adult records45251
Immature records40593

For the county, we have a total of 47 records from 39 sites. First recorded in 1859.
 

Photos


0013 Eriocrania semipurpurella 03 early instar larva in mine
© Dave Shenton
0013 Eriocrania semipurpurella 02 larva
© Charles Fletcher 25 May 2012
0013 Eriocrania semipurpurella 01
© Charlie Streets. Mar.2nd 2011.

Species Account


Similar species: 0012 Eriocrania sangii.

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

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widely recorded, although there is no record from VC61. All Yorkshire records are regarded as unconfirmed on map 13 in MBGBI 1, however there are a number of confirmed records from the south of VC63.

2012 (CHF): Adults are virtually impossible to tell from E. sangii however the larvae are distinctive. The head is entirely ochreous brown or black. The first thoracic segment has one large dark spot.
 

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