Heliozela resplendella

Alternative names
Alder Cutter
Alder Lift

Wingspan 5 to 7 mm.  There are other similar species and gen det may be needed to confirm identification of adult moths. The larval mines on Alder are much easier to identify.

Identification difficulty

Adult Leafmine

ID guidance

Adults are very difficult to determine. Leafmine occurs on Alder http://www.leafmines.co.uk/html/Lepidoptera/H.resplendella.htm


Often fly in sunshine around Alder branches.

When to see it

The adult moths fly in a single generation from late May to July.

Life History

The eggs of this species are laid on Alder (Alnus) leaves, usually in the midrib the larva then mines the leaf. When fully fed, the larva cuts out an oval case, in which it descends to the ground and pupates. The larval mines are more easily identified than he adult moths.

UK Status

The moth is widespread and locally common throughout England, Wales and parts of Southern Scotland. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

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).

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map

Species profile

Common names
Alder Lift, Alder Small Lift
Species group:
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
16/08/2018 (Calow, Graham)
Last record:
10/10/2023 (Calow, Graham)

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