Caloptilia falconipennella

    Alt Name
    Scarce Alder Slender
    Description

    Wingspan about 13mm.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Areas where alder is present.

    When to see it

    The adult moths emerge in September and overwinter in this stage, reappearing in the spring.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on alder, at first mining the leaf and then creating a small number of folds on the leaf-edge, feeding within.

    UK Status

    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.

    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).

    Reference
    15.011 BF289

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map