The Moths of Suffolk
291 Caloptilia hemidactylella, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : pRDB1

Flight Period : Single-brooded; September to May, hibernating over the winter

Larval foodplants : Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus), on the continent also Field Maple (Acer campestre) and Norway Maple (Acer platanoides)

Local Status : Recent discovery, status uncertain (SMP Status 4)

Records : Groton Wood (B Sale, 13.xi.2012) - first county record of this rare species.

Comments : At Groton Wood there is a predominance of Field Maple, which suggests that the moth may be utilising this as a foodplant

Wingspan details : Wingspan 12-14mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultCaloptilia elongella
Caloptilia betulicola
    Leaf-mineCaloptilia rufipennella
Caloptilia semifascia

Compare confusion species
    Adult
    Leaf-mine

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Groton Wood, Suffolk (13.xi.2012) © Ben Sale

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Confirmed by dissection (R. Watson) - Ipswich, Suffolk (7.v.2016) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (23.vii.2013) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (25.vii.2013) © Paul Kitchener
 
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Female - Confirmed by gen det (J.Clifton, Sept 2013) - Woolpit, Suffolk (28.viii.2013) © P.Bryant
One of 2 caught, confirmed by Jon Clifton by dissection - Ipswich, Suffolk (4.viii.2013) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (30.iii.2014) © Paul Kitchener
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (6.iv.2014) © Paul Kitchener
Confirmed by gen.det. by Jon Clifton - Milden Hall Farm, Suffolk (5.iv.2014) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (17.vii.2016) © Paul Kitchener