Phyllonorycter lantanella

Alternative names
Viburnum Midget

Wingspan about 9 mm. A well marked brown and white species similar to several other members of this family.

Identification difficulty

Adult Leafmine

ID guidance

Leafmine occurs on Wayfaring-tree (occasionally on Guelder-rose)


In areas where the larval food plants occur.

When to see it

There are two generations, with moths on the wing in May and August, and leaf mines evident in July and from September onwards, the second generation overwintering in this stage.

Life History

The larval foodplants are Wayfaring Tree (Viburnum lantana) and other Viburnum species, such as Guelder Rose. The larval mine is on the underside of the leaf, causing a strong fold and distorting the leaf, sometimes more than one mine to a leaf.

UK Status

This species occurs in the southern counties of England and Wales, ranging north to the Midlands. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland, the Tinwell record of 27th September 2013 is the first for VC55. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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