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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jul-Aug, then hibernates to following Spring.

Forewing: 5-6mm.

Foodplant: Sycamore, sometimes other Acer spp..

IMPORTANT - Please note that the maps and accounts are provisional, subject to change and further update.  The whole dataset still needs to go through the final verification process and it is likely that a very small number of records will not satisfy the present requirements and there are other records that have not been formally submitted.  The information is for guidance only.

Record breakdown:

Year first recorded199220001992
Year last recorded201020082010
Number of records41796
Number of individuals29670
Unique positions25356
Unique locations22350
Adult records30672
Immature records11022

For the region, we have a total of 96 records from 50 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1992.


0284 Caloptilia rufipennella 03
© Paul Harris
0284 Caloptilia rufipennella 02 old larval leaf fold
© Jack Oughton
0284 Caloptilia rufipennella 01
© Debra Saunders

Species Account

Similar species: 0282 Caloptilia elongella and 0283 Caloptilia betulicola.

For further information refer UK Moths.
Some records are of leafmines/rolls. Refer leafmines.co.uk.

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