Caloptilia stigmatella

    Alt Name
    White-triangle Slender
    Description

    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
    Habitat

    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).

    Reference
    15.010 BF288

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map