The Moths of Suffolk
9 Eriocrania sparrmannella, (Bosc, 1791)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local, another overlooked species

Habitats : Woodland containing birch

Flight Period : Single-brooded; April to May

Larval foodplants : Birch (Betula), mining the leaves

Morley's Final Catalogue : Bentley in May 1896 (Pyett), quite common there, at Barham and Monks Soham; Tuddenham Fen in May 1930 (Morley).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 10-13mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultEriocrania subpurpurellaEriocrania chrysolepidella
Eriocrania unimaculellaEriocrania salopiella
Eriocrania cicatricellaEriocrania sangii
Eriocrania semipurpurella
    Leaf-mineEriocrania unimaculella
Eriocrania salopiella
Eriocrania cicatricella
Eriocrania sangii
Eriocrania semipurpurella

Compare confusion species
    Adult
    Leaf-mine

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Ipswich, Suffolk (iv.2003) © Neil Sherman

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Mine on Betula - Hinderclay Fen, Suffolk (30.v.2009) © A Prichard

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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pupa pupa pupa pupaimago ovaimago ovalarva larva larvapupa pupa pupa pupa pupa

Further Photographs

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Mine on Betula - Hinderclay Fen, Suffolk (30.v.2009) © A Prichard
Mine on Betula - Hinderclay Fen, Suffolk (30.v.2009) © A Prichard
Mine on Betula - Hinderclay Fen, Suffolk (30.v.2009) © A Prichard
 
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Mine on Betula - Hinderclay Fen, Suffolk (30.v.2009) © A Prichard
Hinderclay Fen, Suffolk (30.v.2009) © A Prichard
Hinderclay Fen, Suffolk (30.v.2009) © A Prichard
 
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Close up of larval head - Hinderclay Fen, Suffolk (30.v.2009) © A Prichard
On birch (Betula) - Wortham Ling, Suffolk (30.v.2009) © A Prichard
Wortham Ling, Suffolk (30.v.2009) © A Prichard