Nepticulidae : Nepticulinae
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Ectoedemia albifasciella
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(Heinemann, 1871)37 / 4.089

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

Recent Status: One of the commoner Nepticulids in Suffolk

Life Style: A single brooded species. The moth flies during May to July and comes to light. The larvae mine leaves of Quercus robor and Q. petraea. They hibernate in a cocoon on the ground.

Identification: The adult moth has an orange or dirty cream head tuft. The wings are glossy black. The scape, cilia and two opposing spots on the costa and dorsum are white or cream. The spots almost join. There is some variability and melanic forms exist. The moth can be identified by breeding out from a mine or by genitalia dissection.
The larva creates a narrow gallery from the oviposition site next to a vein on the upper side of a leaf. The gallery follows a vein before widening to a squarish blotch with the frass left loosely away from the feeding larva. The larvae show a green gut. More Info

Mine: Either the leaf or a good photograph required

Recorded in 48 (83%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1985.
Last Recorded in 2020.
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Hollesley Suffolk. - Raymond A Watson
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
12/09/2020+26TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
12/09/2020+25TM58 - Carlton Colville/Kessingland
24/06/2020+25TM35 - Snape/Tunstall
20/06/2020325TM35 - Snape/Tunstall
12/06/2020+25TM35 - Snape/Tunstall
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Wingspan: 5-6 mm.
Flight: June and July
Foodplant:   Oak.
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: -  Mine: L
 Immature Adult
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