Wingspan 7 to 9 mm.
Leafmine occurs on Hornbeam http://www.leafmines.co.uk/html/Lepidoptera/P.esperella.htm
Areas where Hornbeam is present.
The adults emerge, like many other Phyllonorycters, in May and again in August as a second brood.
The larvae feed on Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) and the species is one of the few creating a mine on the upperside of the leaf. The mine is a blotch with a papery upper surface, and can cause the leaf to fold over strongly.
A local species, mainly found in the south and south-east of England northwards to the midlands. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.
It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015