Nepticulidae : Nepticulinae
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Immature stages

Similar Suffolk Species
Ectoedemia heringi
White-spot Pigmy
Ectoedemia albifasciella
White-banded Pigmy
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Ectoedemia subbimaculella
Spotted Black Pigmy

(Haworth, 1828)38 / 4.090

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Found at Ipswich about 1900 (Pyett); in profusion on oak trunks at Tuddenham before 1890 (Warren).

Recent Records: The species is common in Suffolk.

Life Style: A single brooded species that flies during June and July. The larvae feed on deciduous Quercus species. They pupate in a cocoon on the ground.

Identification: The moth is very similar to E. heringi. They have an orange head tuft and white scape. The black wings have white at the base, a spot centrally on the costa and a spot beyond this on the dorsum. The cilia and the sides of thorax are white. They can be separated by genitalia dissection.
The larva creates a narrow gallery from the oviposition site on the upper surface of a leaf. The gallery follows a vein before becoming a blotch. E. subbimaculella usually cuts a slit in the lower epidermis allowing frass to escape. E. heringi does not. The larvae are similar but that of E. subbimaculella has a darker and less reddish brown head and prothoracic plate than E. heringi. More Info

Verification Grade Comment: Underside epidermal slit must be shown

Mine: Either the leaf or a good photograph required

Recorded in 38 (66%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1900.
Last Recorded in 2020.
Additional Stats

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Staverton Park Suffolk female prep - Raymond A Watson
Staverton Park Suffolk - Raymond A Watson
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
15/11/2020+25TM07 - Thelnetham/Redgrave
25/10/2020+26TL83 - Worhouse Green
25/10/2020+26TL85 - Brockley/Alpheton
17/10/2020+26TL77 - Mildenhall
10/10/2020+25TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
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Wingspan: 5-6 mm.
Flight: June to July
Foodplant:   Oak.
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: -  Mine: L
 Immature Adult
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