Leucoptera spartifoliella

    Alternative names
    Broom Bent-wing

    Wingspan 7 to 9 mm. A tiny, whitish moth with brown and silvery markings near the tip of the tail.

    Identification difficulty

    Where Broom, the larval foodplant, is present.

    When to see it

    The adults fly during June and July.

    Life History

    The larvae feed under the bark of twigs of broom (Cytisus scoparius). The mines are very hard to detect, but in late spring, the small white pupal cocoons are easy to spot among the dark stems.

    UK Status

    In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant).

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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