Caloptilia rufipennella

    Alt Name
    Small Red Slender

    Wingspan 11 to 12 mm. One of several similar species, which can usually be identified by its smaller size and whitish band on the chocolate-brown forelegs.

    Identification difficulty

    Adult Leafmine

    ID guidance

    Where Sycamore is present.

    When to see it

    The moths emerge in August and overwinter, reappearing in the following spring.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on Sycamore, initially in a small mine, but later folding the leaf and feeding within.

    UK Status

    The species was only discovered in Britain in 1970, and had a scattered northern and eastern distribution, but is now expanding its range and is fairly common in much of England and Scotland. 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).

    15.006 BF284

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map