The Moths of Suffolk
256 Leucoptera spartifoliella, (Hübner, 1813)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to July

Larval foodplants : Broom (Cytisus scoparius) or Dyer's Greenweed (Genista tinctoria)

Records : Lakenheath (B Palmer, 12-13.vi.1993, 26.vi.1994; R Parker, D Young & G Boyd, 15.vii.1995), Eye (P Kitchener, 15.viii.2003), Ipswich (N Sherman, 24.ii.2006 & 9.vii.2006)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Ipswich, bred in 1934 (Whit.); Blaxhall among broom (Hkr); Aldeburgh and Southwold (Ctw); Gorleston pales (Mly); Brandon.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 7-9mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultLeucoptera laburnella, Laburnum Leaf Miner
Leucoptera lathyrifoliella
Leucoptera lotella
Leucoptera malifoliella, Pear Leaf Blister Moth
Leucoptera sinuella
    Leaf-mineTrifurcula immundella

Compare confusion species
    Adult
    Leaf-mine

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2008) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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