Pseudoswammerdamia combinella

Alternative names
Copper-tipped Ermel

Wingspan 13 to 16 mm. One of the larger species in its group. The dark-bordered orange spot at the end of the forewing is diagnostic.

Identification difficulty

Around Blackthorn, the larval foodplant.

When to see it

Flying in May and June, the adults are sometimes attracted to light.

Life History

Blackthorn is the foodplant, the small larvae leaf-mining at first and then later living externally in a silken web.

UK Status

Distributed throughout most of Britain. 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).

16.014 BF436

Our Champions for Pseudoswammerdamia combinella are Pete, Andrea, Penny & Wilfred Leonard.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map