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Cosmopterix pulchrimella

Chambers, 1875896b / 34.009

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Not listed.

Recent Status: First recorded in UK during 2001. First in Suffolk during October 2017. The species may be an immigrant species but is also found breeding in coastal counties of southern Britain.

Life Style: Thought to be double brooded. It flies by day and night and comes to light between May and November. The larvae mine leaves of Parietaria judaica. The mines start low on a leaf and widen as it moves towards the tip. They are separated from fly mines on Pelitory by the presence of silk in the mine. They hibernate and pupate in a cocoon usually on the plant.

Identification: Cosmopterix species need careful examination of the pattern to separate the species. This is a small species with four dashes in the basal area and a break in the terminal streak. More Info

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 3 (5%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2017.
Last Recorded in 2020.
Additional Stats

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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
20/10/2020+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
23/07/2020125TM35 - Snape/Tunstall
23/10/2017125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
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Wingspan: 9 mm
Flight: May to November
Foodplant:   Pellitory
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce A
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3  Mine: 2
 Immature Adult
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