Main: (Gelechiidae / Anacampsinae)
35.006 [B&F: 0846] Syncopacma vinella (Bankes, 1898)


Notes: Endangered (proposed as a future Red Data Book species) and thought possibly extinct, as it was known only from rough pastures and field edges on the Wealden clay in Sussex, being last recorded on Ditchling Common in 1990: the decline was believed to be associated with the loss of the foodplant to agriculture.
It was therefore surprising when larval webs of this species were discovered at a site on the Isle of Wight in June 2013 - some 70km distant from the previously known locality - during a successful search for the larvae of Agonopterix atomella, and subsequently at two other localities there in June 2014 (S. D. Beavan and R. J. Heckford, Entomologists Gazette 65: 209-214 (2014)). Wingspan 11-12 mm.
The larva feeds on Dyer's Greenweed, living between leaves spun together with silk.

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