The Moths of Suffolk
8 Eriocrania unimaculella, (Zetterstedt, 1839)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 4)

Distribution and abundance : Uncommon, but probably over-looked

Habitats : Woodland containing birch

Flight Period : Single-brooded; March to April

Larval foodplants : Birch (Betula), mining the leaves

Morley's Final Catalogue : Several beaten from birch-bushes in Bentley Woods on 15 April 1933 (Morley); Blythbro Wood on 26 March 1936 (Goddard).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 9-11mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultEriocrania subpurpurellaEriocrania chrysolepidella
Eriocrania sparrmannellaEriocrania salopiella
Eriocrania cicatricellaEriocrania sangii
Eriocrania semipurpurella
    Leaf-mineEriocrania sparrmannella
Eriocrania salopiella
Eriocrania cicatricella
Eriocrania sangii
Eriocrania semipurpurella

Compare confusion species
    Adult
    Leaf-mine

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Ipswich, Suffolk (iv.2005) © Neil Sherman

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Mine on birch - Wherstead Woods, Suffolk (28.iv.2009) © A Prichard

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Mine on birch - Wherstead Woods, Suffolk (28.iv.2009) © A Prichard
Mine on birch - Wherstead Woods, Suffolk (28.iv.2009) © A Prichard
Wherstead Woods, Suffolk (28.iv.2009) © A Prichard
 
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Close up showing brown head - Wherstead Woods, Suffolk (28.iv.2009) © A Prichard