Caloptilia rufipennella (Hübner, 1796)
small red slender
Acer saccharinum, Amsterdam
initial mine; the iridescent patch at right is the empty egg shell
The mine begins as an inconspicuous, lower-surface, epidermal corridor. This widens into a smallish triangular blotch, usually in the axil of a vein; the mine is fairly transparant, and is about 6 mm in length. Older larvae live free, in in a lobe of the leaf that has been forced downwards and rolled into a cone. In the course of its development the larva makes three (rarely two) of such cones, ascending in size, on the same leaf or not; the first is no more than a downfolded leaf margin. Pupation in a membranaceous, yellowish cocoon at the underside of a leaf.
Acer campestre, monspessulanum, negundo, opalus, platanoides, pseudoplatanus, saccharinum.
In Britain almost exclusively on A. pseudoplatanus.
Larvae from June to October, peaking in July.
BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).
NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a; Microlepidoptera.nl, 2009).
LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).
distribution within Europe
Almost all Europe, except Ireland and the Balkan Peninsula (Fauna Europaea, 2009).
Greenish, head lighter; see also Schmid.
See Patočka & Zach (1995a) or Patočka & Turčáni (2005a) for a description.
Bengtsson & Johansson (2011a), Biesenbaum (2010a), Buszko (1992b), Corver, Muus & Ellis (2011a), Csóka (2003a), Deschka & Wimmer (2000a), Deutschmann (2008a), Emmet (1971b, 1975a, 1986b), Emmet, Watkinson & Wilson (1985a), Hartig (1939a), Hering (1934b, 1939a, 1957a), Huber (1969a), Jaworski (2009a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Langmaid & Young (2009a), Laštůvka & Laštůvka (2015a), O’Keeffe (1993a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Patočka & Zach (1995a), De Prins (1998a, 2010a,b, 2011a), Robbins (1991a), Schmid (2019a), Shaw (1984a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Sønderup (1949a), Szőcs (1977a), Tomov & Krusteva (2007a).