Ectoedemia atricollis

Alternative names
Pinch-barred Pigmy

Wingspan 5 to 6 mm.

Identification difficulty

Adult Leafmine

ID guidance

Leafmine occurs mainly on Hawthorn and Apple.


Areas where the larval foodplants are present.

When to see it

The adult moths emerge in a single generation in June.

Life History

The larvae of this species form mines on Hawthorn, Apple, Pear and Wild Cherry. Initially, the larvae form galleries along the edge of the leaf, leading to the development of large blotches on the leaf margin.

UK Status

Widespread 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).

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

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