The Moths of Suffolk
274 Bucculatrix ulmella, Zeller, 1839

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and abundant

Flight Period : Double-brooded; late April to June and August

Larval foodplants : Deciduous oak (Quercus)

Morley's Final Catalogue : A frequent oak-kind. Bentley Woods on only 30 May 1896 (Pyett); Ipswich in 1934 (Whit.); Henstead and Mildenhall in early June 1935 (Mly).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 7-8mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultBucculatrix thoracella
Bucculatrix bechsteinella

Compare confusion species
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Eye, Suffolk (4.viii.2008) © Paul Kitchener

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Mildenhall, Suffolk (9.ix.2009) © A Prichard

Flight chart
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Leaf-mine occurrence
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Cocoon on oak leaf - Thornam Magna, Suffolk (7.viii.2005) © A Prichard
Larva on oak - Wortham Ling, Suffolk (24.ix.2005) © A Prichard
Eye, Suffolk (31.v.2009) © Paul Kitchener
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (5.viii.2009) © A Prichard
Mildenhall, Suffolk (9.ix.2009) © A Prichard
Mildenhall, Suffolk (9.ix.2009) © A Prichard
 
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Mildenhall, Suffolk (9.ix.2009) © A Prichard
Mildenhall, Suffolk (9.ix.2009) © A Prichard
Mildenhall, Suffolk (9.ix.2009) © A Prichard
 
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(First site record) - Woolpit, Suffolk (9.viii.2015) © Paul Bryant