Bucculatrix nigricomella

Alternative names
Daisy Bent-wing

Wingspan 7 to 8 mm. A small, but fairly distinctive member of the Bucculatrix genus, with its general dark colouration with diffuse paler markings, and noticeable whitish eye-caps.

Identification difficulty

Adult Leafmine


Where Oxeye Daisy is present.

When to see it

The adults have two generations, flying in April and May and again in late July and August.

Life History

The larvae mine the leaves of Oxeye Daisy creating a long, meandering gallery containing narrow blackish frass. In later instars, the larva feeds externally.

UK Status

It is widely distributed over much of the British Isles, though absent in some places. 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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