Bucculatrix albedinella

Alternative names
Elm Bent-wing

Wingspan about 9mm. A tiny, white and buff species with slight tufts.

Identification difficulty

Adult Leafmine


Areas where Elm is present.

When to see it

The moths fly in June and can be found resting on the trunks of the foodplant, Elm but it is most often encountered as a larval mine on the leaves. They are distinctive due to their 'divertacula' - small offshoots from the mine itself.

Life History

The pupal cocoon is not ribbed, unlike most other members of the genus.

UK Status

Distributed in southern to central and north eastern England. 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).

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

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