Gracillaria syringella

Alternative names
Common Slender, Caloptilia syringella

Wingspan 10-13 mm. This is another distinctive Caloptilia. Although quite variable, this is the best marked of the group.

Identification difficulty

Adult Leafmine

ID guidance

Leafmine occurs on Privet, Ash, Jasmine and Lilac


Gardens and woodland.

When to see it

The adults fly in May and again in July.

Life History

The larvae feed on Privet and Lilac and can be a pest in gardens. Often, many leaves on a single bush turn brown and curl up with the mines.

UK Status

A common species throughout Britain. They and can be very common indeed where the mines are to be found.

VC55 Status

Now seems to be fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

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