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Photo © Neil Sherman,  Early gallery in Elm (Ulmus sp). Note no frass free projections to the mine. Cornard Country Park 25/10/2020. New to Suffolk.

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Bucculatrix ulmifoliae

Hering, 1931274a / 14.011

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Not listed

Recent Status: First discovered in UK during 2006. The species has been spreading across the country. First recorded in Suffolk during 2020 as the larval mines.

Life Style: The moth is double brooded with a spring and summer brood. The larvae feed on species of Ulmus.

Identification: The moth is similar to Bucculatrix ulmella but the ground colour is white to buff with a white to buff head tuft. The markings lack the terminal dark dash of B. albedinella which is whiter still. More Info
The egg is laid on the underside of a leaf usually in a vein axil. The early instar larvae create a contorted gallery leading to a straight section usually alongside a vein. The mine is filled with black frass. The larvae emerge from the underside of the leaf where they feed windows from the leaf. There are commonly more than one on a leaf. They pupate in a dark ribbed cocoon on the underside of the leaf. The pupal stage passes the winter.

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Mine: Either the leaf or a good photograph required

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

Bucculatrix ulmella  |  Bucculatrix bechsteinella >

Determination
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
25/10/20203026TL83 - Worhouse Green
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Wingspan: 6-7mm
Foodplant:   Elm species
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4  Mine: L
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