Apteropeda orbiculata


Adults are about 2.5 mm and may be dark metallic green, bronze, copper, blue or violet.  The larvae mine the leaves of various plants, and are short, yellow, and with a black head.

Identification difficulty

Adult  Leafmine

Recording advice

Adult and Leafmines: Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required. If the photo doesn't show the key ID features then in the comments box describe the size and identifying characters you have observed.


Various habitats including well wooded areas.

When to see it

The leafmines appear from spring to early summer.  Adults are usually recorded from March to September.

Life History

Overwintering adults are sometimes found in moss and leaf litter.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent, particularly in the southern half of Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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Species profile

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Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
15/05/2021 (Timms, Sue)
Last record:
31/05/2023 (Timms, Sue)

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