Heliozela sericiella

    Alt Name
    Oak Satin Lift

    Wingspan 6 to 8 mm. A rather plain brown species with just a few lighter markings.

    Identification difficulty

    Adult Leafmine

    ID guidance

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


    Where the larval foodplant, oak is present.

    When to see it

    The adult moths emerge in May, and may be found in numbers around the foodplant during the day.

    Life History

    The larva of this species feeds on oak, initially mining the twig, later entering the base of the leaf through the midrib. When almost fully fed, the larva cuts out a small area from the leaf base to create an oval case, in which to descend to the ground and pupate.

    UK Status

    Found locally throughout much of Britain. 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).

    6.003 BF154

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map