Nepticulidae : Nepticulinae
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Immature stages

Similar Suffolk Species
Ectoedemia decentella
Sycamore-seed Pigmy
Ectoedemia louisella
Maple-seed Pigmy
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Ectoedemia sericopeza
Norway-maple Pigmy

(Zeller, 1839)21 / 4.074

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Not listed. Nepticulids were not well studied and only 21 species listed.

Recent Status: A rare species in Suffolk.

Life Style: A double brooded species flying during May, June, August and September. The larvae feed on Acer platanoides buds or seeds. They pupate in a cocoon. Larvae hibernate.

Identification: This species is similar to E. louisella. They have a dark wing with white markings, at the base, fascia at one third, a pair of opposing marks on the costa and tornus and pale cilia. The differences given in MBGBI Vol 1 are not consistent and the species must be identified by genitalia dissection.
Depending on the time of year the larvae feed either by eating out the centre of leaf or flower buds, causing them to fall, else feeding on the seeds after a narrow gallery mine to reach it. More Info

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 9 (16%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2002.
Last Recorded in 2020.
Additional Stats

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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
23/08/2020226TL96 - Thurston/Elmswell
02/08/2020625TM17 - Eye/Hoxne
23/07/2020225TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
23/07/2020225TM35 - Snape/Tunstall
15/09/2016+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
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Wingspan: 6-8mm
Flight: May, June, August, September
Foodplant:   Norway Maple (buds or keys )
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce A
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3  Mine: A
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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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