Phyllonorycter maestingella

    Alternative names
    Beech Midget

    Wingspan 7 to 9 mm. A clear indication that some of the smaller moths are the most beautiful; this tiny moth has an intricate pattern of orange-brown, white and black.

    Identification difficulty

    Adult Leafmine


    Around Beech.

    When to see it

    It has two broods, flying late April to June, and again in August.

    Life History

    The larva creates a long blotch mine on the underside of leaves of Beech, usually between two veins from midrib almost to leaf edge.

    UK Status

    It is fairly common throughout Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant), however because of its tiny size and difficulty of identification it may well be under recorded.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map