Wingspan 8 to 9 mm. A small bronzy metallic species with paler metallic markings.
Leafmine occurs on Dogwood http://www.leafmines.co.uk/html/Lepidoptera/A.metallella3.htm
Areas where the larval foodplant is found.
The adults fly in the daytime during May, preferring sunny weather.
The larvae make blotch-mines in leaves of the foodplant, Dogwood and when fully grown, cut out a small oval to form a pupating case. The combination of mine and cut-out is very distinctive.
This species is locally distributed throughout most of England. 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: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015