Apple Leaf Skeletonizer - Choreutis pariana


Wingspan 11 to 15 mm. This moth is bright orangey or reddish brown to greyish brown, often with a wavy dark line near the base of the wing and another near the tip.

Identification difficulty

The main chosen foodplant is crab-apple (Malus spp.) but other roseaceous trees are sometimes used too.

When to see it

The moths fly in two generations, firstly in July and then in September, when the species overwinters and may appear again in early spring.

Life History

So called because of the larva's habit of eating away tissue from the upper surface of leaves of the foodplant, resulting in a skeleton leaf appearance. The larva lives under a silken web.

UK Status

Distributed widely over much of Britain, the species can be locally common when it can be a pest; in other locations it is scarce. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there were less than 10 records as at 2013. 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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