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

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