Azalea Leaf Miner - Caloptilia azaleella

Description

Wingspan 10 to11 mm. Another distinctive member of this family with largely dark brown forewings broken only by a yellow band along the costal margin.

Identification difficulty

Adult Leafmine

ID guidance

Leafmine occurs on Rhododendron species http://www.leafmines.co.uk/html/Lepidoptera/C.azaleella2.htm

Habitat

Gardens etc. where the larval food plants are present.

When to see it

The adult moth is attracted to light and occurs in 2-3 generations from May to October.

Life History

The larvae initially form mines in Azalea leaves, later forming a cone by rolling the leaf downwards from the tip.

UK Status

This moth is an adventive species, probably introduced with azalea and rhododendron plants, that is now spreading locally throughout southern Britain. 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 are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

Reference
15.007 BF285

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MAP KEY:

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

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