Phyllonorycter nicellii

Alternative names
Hazel Leaf-miner
Red Hazel Midget

Wingspan 7- 8 mm. This can be a difficult group to distinguish. The caterpillars feed on the underside of Hazel leaves, causing a bulge on the upper surface between two veins.  It is usually brown netted with a patch of green on top.

Identification difficulty

Adult Leafmine leafmine can be similar to Parornix devoniella

ID guidance

Found in various habitats.

When to see it

Moth has two generations and may be found flying in May and August.

Life History

Larva forms a long mine between the veins of a Hazel (Corylus) leaf and is strongly arched. The leaf mines may be found in July and then September to October. Larva overwinters as a pupa in a cocoon.

UK Status

This moth is common and found throughout Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland, but may be under recorded.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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Species profile

Common names
Red Hazel Midget
Species group:
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
30/05/2008 (Nicholls, David)
Last record:
19/11/2023 (Graves, Hazel)

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