The Moths of Suffolk
46 Trifurcula immundella, (Zeller, 1839)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce, but probably over-looked

Habitats : Heathland, grassland and other places the foodplant occurs

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late June to August

Larval foodplants : Broom (Sarothamnus scoparius), mining the stems

Records : Lakenheath (A Prichard, 3.x.2003), Brandon (A Prichard, 3.x.2003), Thetford (A Prichard, 10.x.2003), Ipswich Golf Course (N Sherman, 22.i.2005 & 27.iv.2008)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Generally quite a common kind among broom, where it occurs at Brandon (Barrett).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 7-8mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultTrifurcula squamatella
Trifurcula beirnei
    Leaf-mineLeucoptera spartifoliella

Compare confusion species
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    Leaf-mine

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Ipswich, Suffolk (iv.2008) © Neil Sherman

Leaf-mine occurrence
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Life history chart
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