Morley’s Final Catalogue: Not listed. Nepticulids were not well studied and only 21 species are listed.
Recent Status: A number of records for Suffolk.
Life Style: A single brooded species flying during June and July. The larvae feed on Populus x canescens. They pupate in a cocoon on the ground.
Identification: The moth has an orange head tuft and white scape and collar. The dark wings have two opposing diffuse white spots on the costa and dorsum and a further less clear patch basal to these. The moth can be identified by breeding out from a mine and by genitalia dissection. The larvae hatch following oviposition on a leaf stalk. They mine the stalk resulting in a slight gall and causing the partial death of the leaf. They move into the leaf base where they create a blotch mine. The mines are similar to E. turbidella mines showing two clear lines of frass either side of the feeding larvae. More Info
Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required
Recorded in 12 (21%) of 58 10k Squares. First Recorded in 2002. Last Recorded in 2021. Additional Stats