Ectoedemia decentella

    Alt Name
    Sycamore-seed Pigmy

    Wingspan 5 to 8 mm. This well-marked moth is one of the few of this group recognisable by forewing markings alone.

    Identification difficulty

    Adult Larval mine


    They may often be found resting on sycamore trunks, and are also attracted to light.

    When to see it

    The adults emerge in two generations, in June and August.

    Life History

    The larvae form slender mines within Sycamore seeds.

    UK Status

    Thinly distributed throughout much of England. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as Nationally Scarce B.

    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).

    4.076 BF20

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map