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15.006 (BF284)

Small Red Slender   

Caloptilia rufipennella
Adult: 2
Leaf Mine: A
Resident. Local.

Recording method

Overwinters as an adult in evergreen trees such as Yew.  Comes to light.

Life cycle

Larvae present June-July, August-September, first in a tiny mine in the angle between veins, later in three successive cones, each rolled downwards at the tip of a lobe.  Adults present June-August, September-May.

Larval foodplants

Sycamore.  Occasionally, Field Maple or Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum).


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was published in Stephens (1834) with the Rev. William Little recording it at Raehills, Dumfriesshire, while the first for Kirkcudbrightshire was found at an unknown site between 1979-94 by M. J. Sterling. No records from Wigtownshire.

7 record(s) from 7 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 1989 2000
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 UK Moths website - further information on species (with photos)

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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