The Moths of Suffolk
11 Eriocrania cicatricella, (Zetterstedt, 1839)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 4)

Distribution and abundance : Rare, but possibly over-looked

Habitats : Woodland containing birch

Flight Period : Single-brooded; April

Larval foodplants : Birch (Betula), mining the leaves

Morley's Final Catalogue : In the utmost profusion from 6 April to 11 May, especially on 25 April 1932 wher, it seemed to be sitting on every bush, in Bentley Woods; Barham, Coddenham, &c. (Morley); Tuddenham and Brandon (Warren).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 9-13mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultEriocrania subpurpurellaEriocrania chrysolepidella
Eriocrania unimaculellaEriocrania sparrmannella
Eriocrania salopiellaEriocrania sangii
Eriocrania semipurpurella
    Leaf-mineEriocrania unimaculella
Eriocrania sparrmannella
Eriocrania salopiella
Eriocrania sangii
Eriocrania semipurpurella

Compare confusion species
    Adult
    Leaf-mine

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

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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