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

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map