Wingspan about 13mm.
Areas where alder is present.
The adult moths emerge in September and overwinter in this stage, reappearing in the spring.
The larvae feed on alder, at first mining the leaf and then creating a small number of folds on the leaf-edge, feeding within.
This is a rather rare and local species that is not often observed. Records suggest it has a fairly broad distribution, but is probably overlooked and may be more widespread than is currently known. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as Nationally Scarce B.
It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015