Ectoedemia septembrella

    Alternative names
    Fomoria septembrella
    Hypericum Pigmy

    A tiny moth, having a wingspan of only around 6 mm, with quite a coarsely-scaled appearance.

    Identification difficulty

    Adult Leafmine

    ID guidance

    Wherever the larval foodplant, St. John's-wort (Hypericum), occurs. 

    When to see it

    The species has two generations, on the wing in May and June, and again in August.

    Life History

    The larvae feed in a mine in a leaf of St. John's-wort (Hypericum), at first in a narrow gallery, later becoming a blotch mine.

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent in England and Wales. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    It appears to be uncommon or under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

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