Roeslerstammia erxlebella

    Alt Name
    Copper Ermel
    Description

    Wingspan c.13mm. This distinctive metallic-golden micro has when fresh, a purplish-bronze tinge to the area around the base of the forewings. It also sports a noticeably yellow crown and has a white band close to the tip of the antennae.

    Habitat

    Well wooded areas containing Lime and Birch.

    When to see it

    There are two generations, at least in the south of the range, with adults on the wing in May and June and again in August and September.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on the leaves of Lime and Birch, mining the leaves when young.

    UK Status

    Mainly distributed in the southern half of England, there are also scattered localities in Wales and in Scotland where the species occurs. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

    VC55 Status

    It is uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded)

    Reference
    13.002 BF447

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map