Phyllonorycter nicellii

    Alternative names
    Red Hazel Midget

    Wingspan 7-8 mm. This can be a difficult group to distinguish.

    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

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map