Azalea Leaf Miner - Caloptilia azaleella


    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


    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).

    15.007 BF285

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map