Callisto denticulella

    Alternative names
    Garden Apple Slender

    Wingspan about 11 mm.

    Identification difficulty

    Adult Leafmine


    Orchards, gardens and other places where apple trees are present.

    When to see it

    Adults fly in May and June.

    Life History

    The young larvae mine the leaves of the foodplant, Apple (Malus), causing a gallery followed by a semi-translucent blotch on the upper surface of the leaf. It then vacates this and folds the edge of a leaf down to feed within, usually twice, before pupating externally among detritus.

    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).

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    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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