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Caloptilia azaleella
Azalea Leaf-miner

(Brants, 1913)285 / 15.007

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Not listed.

Recent Status: An adventive species that arrives with Azalea plants. Local colonies have set up in the UK. The species has been recorded in Suffolk.

Life Style: Two or three broods in a year with the moth being recorded in most months, The larvae feed on Azalea leaves. They pupate under a membrane on the underside of a leaf.

Identification: This is the smallest Caloptilia species in the UK it stands erect on its front legs at rest. It is a dark or orange brown variably spotted darker. There is a long costal blotch that does not meet the dorsum and is dark spotted along the costa. The larvae feed in a mine that becomes a blotch on the underside of an Azalea leaf where the ovum is laid. It then down folds a series of leaf edges. This species cannot be mistaken for any other UK Caloptilia.

Recorded in 4 (7%) 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
29/07/2020125TM58 - Carlton Colville/Kessingland
06/10/2009125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
30/03/2004326TL66 - Newmarket
31/12/2002+25TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
08/12/2002+25TM14 - Ipswich
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Wingspan: 10-11mm
Flight: Two generations May-Aug.
Foodplant:   Azalea
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1  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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