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.
Leafmine occurs on Poplar and Willow http://www.leafmines.co.uk/html/Lepidoptera/C.stigmatella.htm
Various habitats, especially places where the larval foodplants are found.
It flies in late June and July, and again from September onwards.
The larva is a leaf-miner and feeds on Willow and Poplar.
Fairly frequent throughout England and Wales. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.
Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant).
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