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

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