Laburnum Leaf Miner - Leucoptera laburnella

    Description

    Wingspan 7 to 9 mm. A small but very attractive mainly white moth.

    Habitat

    It tends to inhabit suburban areas where Laburnum is grown in gardens, and in conjunction with a couple of dipterous species, can discolour the leaves with its mines.

    When to see it

    May to August.

    Life History

    The larva mines the leaves of Laburnum, including hybrids, and occasionally Dyer's Greenweed. The mine is initially a brown spot, turning via a green frass-filled gallery into a pale blotch with a spiral of black frass.

    UK Status

    Distributed widely and fairly commonly throughout much of the British Isles. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    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).

    Reference
    21.004 BF254

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map