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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Apr-early May.

Forewing: 5-7mm.

Foodplant: Birch.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19941859197919971883
Year last recorded19991886201420032013
Number of records331433
Number of individuals301924
Unique positions13932
Unique locations131032
Adult records31821
Immature records00411

For the county, we have a total of 26 records from 19 sites. First recorded in 1859.


02.004 Eriocrania sparrmannella 04 mine on birch
© Andy Nunn
02.004 Eriocrania sparrmannella 03 mine on birch
© Andy Nunn
02.004 Eriocrania sparrmannella 02
© Dave Williamson
02.004 Eriocrania sparrmannella 01 mine
© Charlie Streets, 12 Jun 2011

Species Account

Similar species: 0007 Eriocrania salopiella.

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

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: There are old records from all vice-counties except VC61, which are regarded as unconfirmed on map 9 in MBGBI 1. There are recent records from a single locality.

Beaumont, 2002: In 1989 there was only a single confirmed record, further records are:-
VC61. Skipwith Common, 17 & 23.4.1994 det. HEB (GBS), 7.4.1999 (HEB). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.
VC63. Manvers site, Bolton-on-Dearne, 27.4.1994 (JDC); West Haigh Wood, 3.5.1994 (HEB).
VC64. Askham Bog, 19.4.1997 (HEB). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Argus 47, 2005:
VC65. Hutton Conyers, 22.4.2002 (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): Less often recorded than many of the other birch-feeding Eriocrania species. The adult is fairly distinctive with prominent transverse striae on the forewing. The larvae mine later than the other Eriocrania species; in June and July.

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