Bucculatrix bechsteinella

Alternative names
Hawthorn Bent-wing

Wingspan 7 to 9 mm. Quite a small pale buff moth with brown markings.

Identification difficulty

The moth occurs in well wooded areas.

When to see it

The adults emerge in May and early June.

Life History

The larvae of this species feed in July and August, initially mining the leaves of Crataegus, Pyrus, Malus or Sorbus species, in a short, contorted gallery. As the larva develops it leaves the mine to feed externally, creating windows on the upperside of the leaves. Pupation occurs in a ribbed white cocoon spun on debris. The winter is passed in this stage.

UK Status

Found locally throughout England and southern Scotland. 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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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map