The Moths of Suffolk
284 Caloptilia rufipennella, (Hübner, 1796)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Variety of habitats - woodland, hedgerows, scrub, gardens and parkland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; August to April, overwintering, local data shows a peak in July to mid-August, then a few records in September followed by another peak in April

Larval foodplants : Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Not listed

Wingspan details : Wingspan 11-12mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultCaloptilia elongella
Caloptilia betulicola
Caloptilia semifascia
Caloptilia leucapennella
    Leaf-mineCaloptilia hemidactylella

Compare confusion species
    Adult
    Leaf-mine

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Ipswich, Suffolk (iv.2006) © Neil Sherman

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Later cone on sycamore - Hadleigh, Suffolk (23.ix.2006) © 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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Early cone on sycamore - Hadleigh, Suffolk (23.ix.2006) © A Prichard
Eye, Suffolk (23.vi.2007) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (19.ix.2011) © Neil Sherman
 
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Dark marked specimen - Ipswich, Suffolk (6.viii.2014) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (2.viii.2016) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (28.iii.2017) © Paul Kitchener
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (26.x.2017) © Paul Kitchener