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2.005 ~ 0010 ~ Eriocrania salopiella ~ Small Birch Purple
UK Status

Resident. Very local through the British Isles.

Montgomeryshire Status

A mine was recorded in 2010 for the first time at Lake Vyrnwy.

Wingspan :   M & F, 9-12mm.

Confusion species

Eriocrania sparrmannella
Flight time & Voltinity (Univoltine)


Many habitats with birch.



Lifestage data

Leaf miner. Eggs laid on leaf. Larva first mines a linear mine near the midrib which then forms into a blotch. Pupates in a tough cocoon in the soil.
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by AMB, 11th June 2010, Lake Vyrnwy