Bohemannia pulverosella

Alternative names
Speckled Apple Dot
Dusty Apple Pigmy

Wingspan 6 to 7 mm. Adults are dull brownish with a speckled appearance, especially noticeable near the wingtips. They have a yellowish head and whitish eyecaps. The larvae create a distinctive blotch mine in the leaves of Apple. The larva cuts an exit hole on the underside of the leaf, which distinguishes the mine from that of Ectoedemia atricollis.

Identification difficulty

Adult Leafmine

Recording advice

Adult: Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters.

Leafmine: 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.


Where Apple is present.

When to see it

The adults fly in May. Leafmine can be seen during June and July.

UK Status

Believed to be fairly frequent and widespread in Britain, but under recorded due to its small size and difficulty of identification. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland.  Usually recorded from the leafmines on Apple.

4.071 BF40

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

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Species profile

Common names
Dusty Apple Pigmy
Species group:
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
26/06/2019 (Timms, Sue)
Last record:
24/07/2023 (Nicholls, David)

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