Wingspan about 11 mm.
Leafmine occurs on Apple. http://www.leafmines.co.uk/html/Lepidoptera/C.denticulella1.htm
Orchards, gardens and other places where apple trees are present.
Adults fly in May and June.
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.
Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.
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:
- RED = 2020+
- DARK BLUE = 2015-2019
- LIGHT BLUE = pre 2015