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

Increasingly well recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland, often from the leafmines on Bramble.

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

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