Phyllonorycter quercifoliella

Alternative names
Common Oak Midget

Wingspan 7 to 9 mm. At first glance the adult can appear devoid of markings, but on closer scrutiny, the pale greyish strigulae can be seen, as can the diagnostic basal streak, which usually extends more than half the forewing length.

Identification difficulty

Adult Leafmine need to check (and photograph) larva, or frass covered cocoon when recording leafmine.


Areas where Oak is plentiful.

When to see it

The moths are on the wing in April and May, and again in August and September.

Life History

The larval mine is a small blotch on the underside of a leaf of Oak.

UK Status

Probably the commonest of the oak-feeding Phyllonorycters, this species is frequent throughout most of the British Isles. 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).

15.039 BF320

be our species champion

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map