Caloptilia elongella

    Alternative names
    Pale Red Slender

    Wingspan14 to16mm. A long bodied chestnut brown moth. Like other Caloptilia species, it rests with a distinctive posture, the front part of the body raised high on the forelegs.

    Identification difficulty

    Adult Leafmine


    Where Alder is present.

    When to see it

    This moth has two generations, with adults flying in June and again during September, after which they hibernate and reappear in spring.

    Life History

    The larvae feed at first in a mine, and later in a folded or rolled leaf of Alder.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in some parts of Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant).

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

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