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15.006 Caloptilia rufipennella (Hübner, 1796)
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leaf upper surface
lowere surface


Food Plant: Acer pseudoplatanus (Sycamore)

Egg: Underside of leaf, usually near midrib

Mine: June-July; August-September

Pupa: In a yellowish cocoon on underside of leaf

Notes: At first in a very small triangular whitish blotch in the angle between veins. Then forms three progressively larger cones at the tip of a leaf lobe; sometimes all in the same leaf. Caloptilia honoratella (recently discovered in the Uk) makes similar mines in late summer and so the moths must be bred to identify. The moth emerged 10.ix.2020

Data: 20.viii.2020, Downham Market, Norfolk, VC28

Image:© Rob Edmunds

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