The Moths of Suffolk
13 Eriocrania semipurpurella, (Stephens, 1835)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 4)

Distribution and abundance : Common in the Sandlings but probably over-looked elsewhere

Habitats : Woodland containing birch

Flight Period : Single-brooded; March to early April

Larval foodplants : Birch (Betula), mining the leaves

Morley's Final Catalogue : 'I believe I have taken this in Dodnash Wood' (W. H. Harwood, 1900); beaten in April 1934-6 from birch-bushes in Bentley Woods and Polyporus betulinus in Blythburgh Wood (Morley).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 10-16mm

Identification

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

Compare confusion species
    Adult
    Leaf-mine

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Ipswich, Suffolk (iii.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
Wherstead Woods, Suffolk (28.iv.2009) © A Prichard
Wherstead Woods, Suffolk (28.iv.2009) © A Prichard
 
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Wherstead Woods, Suffolk (28.iv.2009) © A Prichard
Close up showing black head and large dark thoracic spot - Wherstead Woods, Suffolk (28.iv.2009) © A Prichard
Male. Id confirmed by gen.det. (Jon Clifton) - Ipswich, Suffolk (24.iv.2015) © Neil Sherman