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Dyseriocrania subpurpurella

(Haworth, 1828)6 / 2.001
=Eriocrania subpurpurella

Phil Sterling, 2008: A very widespread species in the British Isles, the larva mining the leaf of oak (Quercus spp.). Before 1970 within Dorset, there are 6 records and the moth appeared to be widespread (per WPC ms.). There are over 50 post-1990 records of the species and it continues to be very common in oak woods in the county. (31.iii 13.v). The moth may appear at MV light away from woodland on warm nights in April.

Verification Grade Comment: Potential confusion with weevil mines.

Additional Stats

Wingspan: 9-14 mm.
Flight: March, April, May
Foodplant:   Oak also Sweet Chestnut.
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2  Mine: A
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