Laburnum Leaf Miner - Leucoptera laburnella


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

Identification difficulty

Adult Leafmine

ID guidance

Leafmine occurs on Laburnum (occasionally on Lupin).


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).

21.004 BF254

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map