Nepticulidae : Nepticulinae
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Photo © Antony Wren,  Lowestoft, Suffolk. Reared from mine on Hypericum

Immature stages

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Fomoria septembrella
Hypericum Pigmy

(Stainton, 1849)42 / 4.078

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Observed only in a gravel-pit on Southwold Common in September 1910 (Morley, Trans, i, 37).

Recent Status: There are a number of records for Suffolk.

Life Style: A multi-brooded species with the adult moths being found from May to September. The larvae mine leaves of Hypericum species. They pupate in the larval habitation inside a cocoon. They pass the winter as the pupal stage.

Identification: The adult moth is black and speckled paler. There is a white pre-tornal spot and the cilia and scape are white. The head tuft is orange. The moth can be identified by breeding out from a mine or by genitalia dissection.
The larva emerges from an ovum on the underside of a leaf and feed in a long narrow gallery that eventually leads to a blotch usually placed centrally in the leaf. More Info

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Recorded in 28 (48%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1910.
Last Recorded in 2021.
Additional Stats

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Hollesley Suffolk. - Raymond A Watson
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
05/11/2021125TM47 - Blythburgh/Dunwich
10/10/2021+25TM49 - Somerleyton/Beccles
03/10/2021+26TL96 - Thurston/Elmswell
03/10/2021+26TL96 - Thurston/Elmswell
30/09/2021+25TM59 - Lowestoft
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Wingspan: 5-6 mm.
Flight: Two Generations. May-Jun. Aug.
Foodplant:   St. John's-wort
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4  Mine: A
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