The Moths of Suffolk
293 Caloptilia syringella, (Fabricius, 1794)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Woodland, hedgerows, scrub and gardens

Flight Period : Double-brooded; April to May and July, although recorded locally in August and September

Larval foodplants : Privet (Ligustrum vulgare or Ligustrum ovalifolium), Ash (Fraxinus excelsior) or Lilac (Syringa vulgaris), occasionally on White Jasmine (Jasmium officinale) or Phillyrea latifolia f. media

Morley's Final Catalogue : Abundant among privet and lilac everywhere, especially near towns. Common in Ipswich; Orford, Aldeburgh, Leiston; frequent on Gorleston palings. In profusion on lilac at dusk in gardens to south of Thetford in August 1931 Brandon (Mly).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 10-13mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultCaloptilia cuculipennella
Caloptilia populetorum
    Leaf-mineCaloptilia cuculipennella

Compare confusion species
    Adult
    Leaf-mine

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2005) © Neil Sherman

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Leaf-roll on Lilac - Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk (9.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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Leaf roll at tip of ash leaf - Theberton, Suffolk (18.ix.2006) © A Prichard
Eye, Suffolk (9.v.2008) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (15.vii.2016) © Paul Kitchener
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (23.vii.2017) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (4.viii.2017) © Paul Kitchener