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.
Leafmine occurs on a number of species, especially Cherry and Apple http://www.leafmines.co.uk/html/Lepidoptera/L.clerkella.htm
Gardens and orchards.
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.
This tiny species attacks a variety of fruit trees including Apple with the larvae forming narrow, winding 'leaf mines'.
Common throughout Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.
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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