Heliozela hammoniella

    Alternative names
    Birch Lift
    Heliozela betulae
    Description

    Wingspan about 6 mm.  A tiny species whose larvae mine the leaves of Birch species. The mine is more easily recorded than the adult. It starts in the petiole and midrib then leads to an oval blotch, and finally a cut-out in the leaf-blade.

    Identification difficulty

    Adult    Leafmine

    Recording advice

    Adult: Please provide a photo. Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) required.  

    Leafmine: Please submit good photograph with your record and state the host species.

    Habitat

    Wherever Birch is found.

    When to see it

    Mine: July – August.  The adult moths fly in May and June.

    UK Status

    Distributed in England and Wales north to Cumbria, it is local in its distribution. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

    VC55 Status

    Rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Reference
    6.005 BF157

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