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Enteucha acetosae
Sorrel Pigmy

(Stainton, 1854)118 / 4.001

Morley's Final Catalogue: Not listed. The Nepticulids were not extensively studied and only 21 are listed.

Recent Status: Rarely recorded in Suffolk. Possibly under-recorded.

Life Style: The species is double, possibly triple brooded. The larvae mine leaves of Rumex acetosella and R. acetosae. The larvae pupate in a cocoon on the ground where they over-winter.

Identification: Our tiniest of British moths has few records in Suffolk. The moth is a shiny deep fuscous with a pale golden fascia, white scape and brown head tuft. The larvae make distinctive mines creating a spiral gallery often turning that part of the leaf bright red. There may be more than one per leaf. More Info

Recorded in 4 (7%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2002.
Last Recorded in 2020.
Additional Stats

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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
24/10/2020+26TL88 - Thetford
25/09/2019325TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
25/09/2017125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
04/10/2016425TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
03/10/2016225TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Wingspan: 3-4 mm.
Flight: Two or Three Generations Apr-July.
Foodplant:   Sheep's Sorrel and Common Sorrel.
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce A
Verification Grade:  Adult: -  Mine: A
 Immature Adult
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Underlying maps using Digital Map Data © Norfolk Online Lepidoptera Archive - NOLA™ - Suffolk 2020. © James Wheeler - Norfolk Moths 2007 - 2020. Data © NOLA™ - Suffolk 2020
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