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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Very common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: Apr-mid May

Forewing: 5-7mm.

Foodplant: Oak spp.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19041883188319721883
Year last recorded20142014201420152014
Number of records9213551238598
Number of individuals50127230601180100
Unique positions479718522266
Unique locations388919320663
Adult records726927918532
Immature records196319518163

For the county, we have a total of 1222 records from 589 sites. First recorded in 1883.


02.001 Dyseriocrania subpurpurella 03 mine on Oak
© Dave Shenton
02.001 Dyseriocrania subpurpurella 02
© Charlie Streets
02.001 Dyseriocrania subpurpurella 01
© Terry Box, 1 May 2010

Species Account

0006 2.001 Dyseriocrania subpurpurella

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

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widespread and usually common among oak throughout all five vice-counties.

2012 (CHF): A very common spring species in oak woods where it can be seen flying on sunny mornings and also coming to light. The larvae form brownish blotches on the edges of oak leaves from May onwards. This species must be present in every oak wood in the county.

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