Ectoedemia albifasciella

Alternative names
White-banded Pigmy
Description

Wingspan 5 to 6 mm. The adults have coarsely scaled dark brownish wings with a broken creamy fascia, usually as two blotches.

Identification difficulty

Adult Leafmine

Habitat

Areas where oak is plentiful.

When to see it

The adult moths are on the wing in June, with mines appearing in August and September.

Life History

The larval foodplant is oak, and the mine begins with a narrow gallery following the midrib or a vein, and then becoming a rectangular blotch with frass gathered towards one end.

UK Status

Distributed throughout England and Wales and into the southern half of Scotland, it is more localised in the north, but can be common elsewhere. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

Reference
4.089 BF37

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

UK Map