Paraswammerdamia albicapitella

Alternative names
White-headed Ermel

Wingspan 10 to 13 mm. A small greyish moth with white head and thorax.

Identification difficulty

Areas where Blackthorn is present.

When to see it

The adults can be found on the wing in July and are attracted to light.

Life History

The larvae feed on Blackthorn mining the leaves initially, then hibernating in a small silken enclosure. In the spring they feed on the leaves from within a silk web.

UK Status

Distributed throughout England, Wales, Ireland and southern Scotland. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant).

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

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