Apple Leaf Miner - Lyonetia clerkella


Wingspan 7 to 9 mm. A tiny moth with a silvery appearance but very attractively patterned when seen under magnification.

Identification difficulty

Adult Leafmine

ID guidance

Leafmine occurs on a number of species, especially Cherry and Apple


Gardens and orchards.

When to see it

The adults fly at night and are attracted to light. The species has two or more broods, with the later ones overwintering and reappearing in the spring.

Life History

This tiny species attacks a variety of fruit trees including Apple with the larvae forming narrow, winding 'leaf mines'.

UK Status

Common throughout Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant)

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

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