Wingspan 7 to 9 mm.
Leafmine occurs on Alder. http://www.leafmines.co.uk/html/Lepidoptera/P.kleemannella.htm
The adults fly mostly in August, but the species may produce two broods a year, with moths also recorded in May.
The larva feeds on alder, forming a small blotch mine on the underside of a leaf. Sometimes several larvae mine the same leaf.
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.
Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland, the moth recorded at Whetstone is the first VC55 record.
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