The Moths of Suffolk
6 Eriocrania subpurpurella, (Haworth, 1828)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and abundant

Habitats : Woodland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; April to May

Larval foodplants : Oak (Quercus), mining the leaves

Morley's Final Catalogue : Abundant, flying by day about oak-trees, in Bentley Woods (Baylis); Sutton Heath in 1934-5 (Whit.); Aspall Wood, Butley and Coddenham. Wrentham in 1936 (Gd). Brandon (Warren); Barton Mills in 1916 (Morley).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 9-14mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultEriocrania chrysolepidellaEriocrania unimaculella
Eriocrania sparrmannellaEriocrania salopiella
Eriocrania cicatricellaEriocrania sangii
Eriocrania semipurpurella

Compare confusion species
    Adult

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Ipswich, Suffolk (iv.2003) © Neil Sherman

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Wherstead Woods, Suffolk (16.v.2009) © A Prichard

Flight chart
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Leaf-mine occurrence
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ufford, Suffolk (17.iv.2004) © A Prichard
Walberswick, Suffolk (4.v.2003) © A Prichard
Dark form - Ipswich, Suffolk (iii.2008) © Neil Sherman
 
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Lineage Wood, Suffolk (1.v.2009) © Lee Gregory
Wherstead Woods, Suffolk (16.v.2009) © A Prichard
Wherstead Woods, Suffolk (16.v.2009) © A Prichard
 
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Wherstead Woods, Suffolk (16.v.2009) © A Prichard
Close up of head - Wherstead Woods, Suffolk (16.v.2009) © A Prichard
Ipswich, Suffolk (9.iv.2017) © Paul Kitchener