35.008 Syncopacma suecicella (Wolff, 1958)

Status and Distribution

Known only from a single restricted area in Cornwall.  It has been searched for, without success, in other Cornish localities and at a site in Pembrokeshire where the foodplant occurs.

National Status: 

pRDB 1

Bradley & Fletcher no: 

848a

Provisional Map

Maps updated with all data received by February 2016.

    Foodplant and Larval Feeding Signs

    Syncopacma suecicella feeding signs (Photo: R J Heckford)

    Genista pilosa (hairy greenweed), see plant distribution map.

    Spins the leaves and often mines them usually at or near the tip of a stem from May to June. Small larvae have been found in mid-July suggest possible overwintering and a long larval period.

    Foodplant Map

    Habitat

    Rocky cliff tops in maritime grassland or heath.

    Finding the Moth

    Larva: feeds between spun leaves, often mining them, usually at or near the tip of a stem.

    Adult: unknown.

    The larval foodplant, hairy greenweed, also occurs on the Pembrokeshire coast. Initial searches of one Pembrokeshire location in mid-June 2015, where the plant is present in good numbers, did not reveal any signs of larval feeding. Searches in May should be considered.

    In view of the scarcity of this moth, it is sensible that no more than a single voucher specimen is retained for identification puposes, particularly if the moth is suspected away from its single known site.

    Similar Species

    Its small size, at 8-9mm wingspan the smallest of the Syncopacma species, and the usual small cluster of white dots on the forewing at two-fifths should help to distinguish this species.

    Larval Occurrence

    Larval Occurrence

    Flight Period

    Flight Period

    Single brooded from June to July.