Phyllonorycter klemannella

Alternative names
Dark Alder Midget and Phyllonorycter kleemannella

Wingspan 7 to 9 mm.

Identification difficulty

Adult Leafmine


Around Alder.

When to see it

The adults fly mostly in August, but the species may produce two broods a year, with moths also recorded in May.

Life History

The larva feeds on alder, forming a small blotch mine on the underside of a leaf. Sometimes several larvae mine the same leaf.

UK Status

Distributed throughout mainland Britain, though rare in the southern half of Scotland and in Ireland, it can be common in places. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland, the moth recorded at Whetstone is the first VC55 record.

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

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