Ectoedemia septembrella - Ectoedemia septembrella

Alt Name
Fomoria septembrella
Hypericum Pigmy
Description

A tiny moth, having a wingspan of only around 6 mm, with quite a coarsely-scaled appearance.

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Habitat

Wherever the larval foodplant, St. John's-wort (Hypericum), occurs. 

When to see it

The species has two generations, on the wing in May and June, and again in August.

Life History

The larvae feed in a mine in a leaf of St. John's-wort (Hypericum), at first in a narrow gallery, later becoming a blotch mine.

UK Status

Fairly frequent in England and Wales. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

It appears to be uncommon or under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

Reference
4.078 BF42

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map