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Caloptilia rufipennella

(Hübner, 1796)284 / 15.006

General comments:
In 2022, it was demonstrated (Entomologist's Record: 134) that there are problems separating the Acer-feeding species - rufipennella; hemidactylella, honoratella, semifascia on wing pattern alone; there is also a concern that two non-British species (juratae and fribergensis) are likely to reach Britain. Consequently, in all but the smallest number of cases, adults of all these species require genitalia examination to prove their identity.

C. rufipennella is widespread in our area; the larvae feed on Sycamore Acer pseudoplatanus

Mine: Moth needs to be reared and, in some cases, possibly dissected.

Recorded in 34 (83%) of 41 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1990.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
27/10/2023120TL12 - Hitchin (S) / Whitwell
21/10/2023120TL42 - Bishop's Stortford (N)
19/10/2023120TL34 - Royston (S)
08/09/2023120SP90 - Berkhamsted
09/08/2023121TQ28 - Hendon / Hampstead / Camden
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Wingspan: 11-12mm
Flight: (July) Aug - April (hibernates)
Foodplant:   Sycamore
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2  Mine: R
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