Eriocrania sangii (Wood, 1891)

large birch purple

Eriocrania sangii mine

Betula, Haren, Hortus de Wolf: mine wil full fed larva © Kees Boele

Eriocrania sangii larva

Betula, Soest, the lead coloured larva © Hetty Soetekouw


Large, white, primary, full depth blotch, following upon a very short gallery. The mine begins close to the leaf margin, expanding deeper into the leaf. Frass in striking, long threads. Pupation in the soil. Vacated mines shrivel and wither away; later in summer not even a trace remains.

Only the larva enables a certain identification.

host plants

Betulaceae, monophagous

Betula pendula, pubescens.


Mines in late-March till May (Heath, 1983a).


BE not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a;, 2009).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Fennoscandia and northern Russia tot the Pyrenees and Alps, and from Ireland to Romania (Fauna Europaea, 2009).



Baran (2013a), Bengtsson (2008a), Heath (1983a), Hellers (2016a), Hering (1957a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Kurz (2016a), De Prins & Steeman (2011a), De Prins, Steeman & Sierens (2016a), Robbins (1991a), Sønderup (1949a).