Phyllonorycter hilarella

    Alt Name
    Sallow Midget

    Wingspan 7 to 9 mm. 

    Identification difficulty

    Areas where willow is present.

    When to see it

    The species is bivoltine, with a flight period in late May and June and again in August.

    Life History

    The mines are found on the leaves of Willow (Salix) in July and then September to early November and are large and not regularly shaped. They can be confused with Phyllonorycter dubitella mines and the moths should be bred out to confirm identification.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

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

    15.058 BF337

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map