Bucculatrix thoracella

    Alt Name
    Lime Bent-wing

    Wingspan 6 to 8 mm. A tiny but easily distinguished species, showing large brown patches on a yellow ground colour and a narrow brown streak extending into the cilia.

    Identification difficulty

    Adult Leafmine


    It is associated with Small-leaved Lime and sometimes Common Lime.

    When to see it

    The moths fly in June, and sometimes again in August in the south.

    Life History

    The larvae mine the leaves of its host trees at first, and then create small feeding windows.

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    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).

    14.009 BF273

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map