Dyseriocrania subpurpurella

    Alternative names
    Common Oak Purple, Eriocrania subpurpurella

    Wingspan 9-14 mm. The moths have metallic golden wings, lightly speckled with purplish or blue tiny spots. The relatively uncommon form fastuosella is much more richly marked with purple spots or striations.

    Identification difficulty




    Woodland areas, and around Oaks

    When to see it

    This species is quite an early flyer, being on the wing in April and May, and despite being generally diurnal, is often found in light-traps at night.

    Life History

    The larvae feed internally on leaves of Oak, and create a distinctive 'blotch mine'.

    UK Status

    It is common throughout the whole of Britain except the very North of Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map