Nepticulidae : Nepticulinae
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Ectoedemia rubivora
Dewberry Pigmy

(Wocke, 1860)31 / 4.097

Morleys Final Catalogue: Not listed. Nepticulids were not well studied and only 21 species listed.

Recent Status: A rare species.

Life Style: A single brooded species flying during June and July. The larvae mine leaves of Rubus species but favouring R. caesius. They pupate in a cocoon in the ground to overwinter.

Identification: The moth is dark winged with a dark head tuft and a white scape. There is an irregular white fascia. The moth can be identified by breeding out from a mine or by genitalia dissection. More Info
Oviposition is on the underside of a leaf. The larva creates a contorted gallery that can be variable and may become a blotch. The frass is dispersed. The mines are usually clear and pale. More Info

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Mine: Either the leaf or a good photograph required

Recorded in 4 (7%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2001.
Last Recorded in 2013.
Additional Stats

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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
08/09/2013+26TL95 - Bradfield/Hitcham
26/10/2005+25TM35 - Snape/Tunstall
09/10/2004+26TL95 - Bradfield/Hitcham
04/11/2003+26TL87 - Barnham/West Stow
20/10/2002+26TL95 - Bradfield/Hitcham
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Wingspan: 5-6mm.
Flight: June to July
Foodplant:   Bramble, Dewberry
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4  Mine: L
 Immature Adult
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