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Ectoedemia atrifrontella

(Stainton, 1851)41 / 4.079

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

Recent Status: Not commonly recorded.

Life Style: A single brooded species that flies during July and August. The larvae mine the live bark of deciduous Quercus species.

Identification: There are two species of the sub-genus Zimmermannia in Britain. E. atrifrontella and E. longicaudella. The latter has yet to be recorded in Suffolk. The species in this genus are large Ectoedemia with pale wings showing a peppering of black scales and indistinct paler tornal spot. They have black head tufts and a white scape. E. atrifrontella has a whitish thorax. It is black in E. longicaudella. There are no similar species in Suffolk. More Info If necessary the species can also be separated by genitalia dissection. More Info
The mines and larvae of the two species are inseparable.

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Mine: Moth needs to be reared and, in some cases, possibly dissected.

Recorded in 1 (2%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2008.
Last Recorded in 2020.
Additional Stats

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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
08/09/2020125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
29/08/2019125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
24/08/2019125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
18/08/2018125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
18/08/2018125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
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Wingspan: 8 mm
Flight: summer
Foodplant:   Oak bark
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4  Mine: R
 Immature Adult
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