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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 4-5mm.

Foodplant: Oak and Sweet Chestnut.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded20041859188318831883
Year last recorded20142014201420142004
Number of records1328147392
Number of individuals2212199261
Unique positions928100292
Unique locations626101262
Adult records2246121
Immature records112494260

For the county, we have a total of 229 records from 161 sites. First recorded in 1859.


10.001 Tischeria ekebladella 06 tenanted mine on Sessile Oak
© Tony Moverley, 18 Sep 2018
10.001 Tischeria ekebladella 05
© Andy Nunn
10.001 Tischeria ekebladella 04 mine on pedunculate oak
© Andy Nunn
10.001 Tischeria ekebladella 03 mines on pedunculate oak
© Andy Nunn
10.001 Tischeria ekebladella 02
© Dave Williamson
10.001 Tischeria ekebladella 01 mine
© Charles Fletcher, 29 Nov 2001

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widespread and often common in all five vice-counties.

2013 (CHF): Locally common in oak woodland across the county. This species also feeds sometimes on sweet chestnut. The leaf mines are characteristic and are a white upper-surface blotch which becomes pale brown with age. Frass is ejected through a slit in the upper surface and there are often several mines in one leaf. Pupation takes place within the mine. Many records are of adults coming to light. The adult is golden-brown with darker speckled tips to the wings.

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