Morley’s Final Catalogue: A frequent oak-kind. Bentley Woods on only 30 May 1896 (Pyett); Ipswich in 1934 (Whit.); Henstead and Mildenhall in early June 1935 (Mly).
Recent Status: Suffolk’s most commonly recorded species of Bucculatrix.
Life Style: A double brooded species that comes to light. It can be found from April to September. The larvae feed on the leaves of Quercus and Carpinus. The second brood passes the winter as a pupa. They pupate in a ribbed, whitish cocoon on a leaf, branch or trunk.
Identification:Bucculatrix species are small moths with a prominent tuft on the head. B. ulmella has white wings and a ferruginous head and wing markings. The wing markings show four patches along the costa and three along the dorsum. These patches are variably marked with scattered black scales but particularly the middle dorsal one which may also form a scale tuft. The larvae hatch from an ovum on the upper surface of the leaf and form a short gallery on Quercus but a much longer one on Carpinus. They then feed externally. More Info
Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required
Recorded in 51 (88%) of 58 10k Squares. First Recorded in 1896. Last Recorded in 2020. Additional Stats