Morley’s Final Catalogue: Not listed. The Nepticulids were not extensively studied and only 21 are listed.
Recent Status: A rare species for Suffolk.
Life Style: The moth is double brooded flying during May and August. The larvae mine leaves of Malus. They pupate in a light reddish brown cocoon on the leaf or the ground.
Identification: The moth has unicolorous, mid fuscous and scarcely metallic wings. The head tuft is orange ochre and the scape and collar paler. The moth can be identified by breeding out from a mine or by genitalia dissection. The larva creates a narrow gallery from an ovum on the underside of a leaf near a vein. This has a narrow central frass line and becomes a small blotch as it ends. More Info
Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required
Mine: Either the leaf or a good photograph required
Recorded in 6 (10%) of 58 10k Squares. First Recorded in 1985. Last Recorded in 2021. Additional Stats