Coptotriche marginea

    Alternative names
    Bordered Carl, Emmetia marginea

    Wingspan 7 to 8 mm. The moths are small, indistinct brownish insects with a slight metallic sheen.

    Identification difficulty

    Adult Leafmine

    ID guidance

    Around Bramble.

    When to see it

    Has two generations, the moths flying in May and June, and again in August.

    Life History

    The larvae mine the leaves of Bramble, creating a funnel-shaped blotch, the second generation feeding through the winter.

    UK Status

    A common species throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant). It may be under recorded due to its tiny size.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map