Caloptilia stigmatella

Alternative names
White-triangle Slender

Wingspan 12 to 14 mm. A small but distinctive species, resting in the characteristic erect posture typical of the genus Caloptilia. The forelegs are thickly scaled at the base, appearing 'feathered'. The body is chestnut brown with a noticeable white triangle midway along the body length.

Identification difficulty

Adult Leafmine

ID guidance

Various habitats, especially places where the larval foodplants are found.

When to see it

It flies in late June and July, and again from September onwards.

Life History

The larva is a leaf-miner and feeds on Willow and Poplar.

UK Status

Fairly frequent throughout England and Wales. 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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