Coptotriche angusticollella

Alternative names
Rose Carl
Emmetia angusticollella

The adults are a fairly uniform bronzy brown, or golden brown and have a wingspan of about 9 mm.  The larvae, like other Coptotriche species, produce a pale, papery blotch mine on the upperside of the leaves of various rose species. The mine often contorts the leaf causing it to fold upwards and may conceal the mine.

Identification difficulty

Adult Leafmine

Recording advice

Adult: A clear set of photographs, showing all critical identification features is required, and/or a voucher specimen may be necessary - check with the County Recorder before releasing the moth.  

Leafmine: Please include clear photographs with your record including a backlit image to show the frass.  Please also state the host species in the comments field.


Where various rose species (the larval host plants) are present.

When to see it

Adult moths are on the wing in May and June.

Life History

The larva feeds on rose (Rosa sp.).

UK Status

A somewhat local species, occurring in England north to Lancashire and Yorkshire, but rather scarcely. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as Nationally Scarce B

VC55 Status

Rare, or rarely recorded, in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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