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Ectoedemia quinquella
Five-spot Pigmy

(Bedell, 1848)36 / 4.087

Morley’s Final Catalogue: A scarce species, tunnelling galleries in oak-leaves. Flixton near Bungay (Crutwell).

Recent Status: Well recorded in Suffolk.

Life Style: A single brooded species that flies during June and July. The larvae mine leaves of Quercus robur and Q. petraea. They pupate in a cocoon on the ground to overwinter

Identification: The adult moth is readily identified from the markings. They have a black head tuft and wings. The scape is white. The posterior edge of the thorax incorporating the extreme base of the wing is white. There are three white spots. One on the costa at one third. One on the dorsum at two thirds and one centrally in the wing at two thirds wing length. There is no similarly marked species in Suffolk.
The larvae hatch from ova on the underside of leaves and mine narrow contorted and compact galleries with a single frass line. There may be more than one mine in a leaf. More Info

Mine: Either the leaf or a good photograph required

Recorded in 25 (43%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1981.
Last Recorded in 2019.
Additional Stats

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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
12/11/2019325TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
22/10/2017+25TM49 - Somerleyton/Beccles
12/10/2015+25TM47 - Blythburgh/Dunwich
11/10/2014+26TM07 - Thelnetham/Redgrave
03/07/2014+25TM35 - Snape/Tunstall
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Wingspan: 5-6mm.
Flight: June to July.
Foodplant:   Oak.
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: -  Mine: L
 Immature Adult
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