The Moths of Suffolk
288 Caloptilia stigmatella, (Fabricius, 1781)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and not uncommon

Habitats : Woodland, hedgerows, scrub and heathland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; September to May, with occasional second brood in late June, local data conflicts somewhat with this as the majority of moths are recorded in July and August

Larval foodplants : sallow or willow (Salix), poplar or aspen (Populus) or very rarely birch (Betula)

Morley's Final Catalogue : One on poplar in Bentley Woods in 1900 (Pyett) and bred thence in 1931-5 (Whit.); rare on reeds in Ipswich marshes in September and October 1895 (Mly); Leiston on sallow (Grey).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 12-14mm

Identification

Confusion species
    Leaf-mineCallisto coffeella
Phyllonorycter comparella
Phyllonorycter sagitella

Compare confusion species
    Leaf-mine

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Ipswich, Suffolk (iv.2005) © Neil Sherman

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Leafmine on Aspen - Hinderclay, Suffolk (23.x.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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Leafmine on Aspen - Hinderclay, Suffolk (23.x.2006) © A Prichard
Larval mine on Aspen - Mildenhall, Suffolk (8.x.2007) © A Prichard
Larval mine on Aspen - Mildenhall, Suffolk (8.x.2007) © A Prichard
 
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Eye, Suffolk (28.viii.2008) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (5.iv.2017) © Paul Kitchener