Heliozela hammoniella

Alternative names
Birch Cutter
Birch Lift
Heliozela betulae

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.


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.

6.005 BF157

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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Species profile

Common names
Birch Lift
Species group:
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
23/08/2021 (Timms, Sue)
Last record:
12/09/2022 (Timms, Sue)

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