The Moths of Suffolk
301 Parornix betulae, (Stainton, 1854)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local, predominantly Breckland and Sandlings

Habitats : Heathland, woodland and scrub

Flight Period : Double-brooded; May and August

Larval foodplants : birch (Betula)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Bred at Bentley and Ipswich in 1933 (Whit.); captured at Orford during July 1902 by Gibbs (Trans. i, 36).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 9-10mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultParornix loganellaParornix fagivora
Parornix anglicellaParornix devoniella
Parornix scoticellaParornix alpicola
Parornix finitimellaDeltaornix torquillella
    Leaf-mineParornix loganella

Compare confusion species
    Adult
    Leaf-mine

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Female, confirmed by dissection by Jon Clifton - Ipswich, Suffolk (5.ix.2013) © Neil Sherman

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Mine on birch - Hinderclay Fen, Suffolk (23.x.2006) © A Prichard

Leaf-mine occurrence
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Mine on Silver Birch - Bentley, Suffolk (7.viii.2002) © A Prichard
Mine on Silver Birch - Bentley, Suffolk (7.viii.2002) © A Prichard
Mine on birch - Hinderclay Fen, Suffolk (23.x.2006) © A Prichard