The Moths of Suffolk
154 Heliozela sericiella, (Haworth, 1828)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Heathland, woodland, hedgerows, scrub - where the foodplant occurs

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-April to May

Larval foodplants : Oak (Quercus), mines the twig, petiole and basal part of the leaf

Morley's Final Catalogue : Doubtless much overlooked in oak-woods. Beaten from birch-bushes among oak in Bentley Woods on only 5 May 1900 (Mly); Blaxhall (Hkr) and Leiston (Grey) before 1890. It may also be listed as a separate entry as a synonym - H. staneella - One beaten from undergrowth in Bentley Woods on 18 May 1935 (Morley); first found there in 1930 (Whit).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 6-8mm


Confusion species
    AdultHeliozela resplendella
Heliozela hammoniella

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Ipswich, Suffolk (iv.2007) © Neil Sherman

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Leaf-mine in petiole and base of oak-leaf - Lakenheath, Suffolk (3.x.2003) © A Prichard

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Leaf-mine occurrence

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Vacated leaf-mine and cut-out - Redgrave Fen, Suffolk (13.x.2007) © A Prichard
smarming around Oak Tree - Kelling Heath, Norfolk (26.iv.2009) © Lee Gregory