Phyllonorycter rajella

Alternative names
Common Alder Midget

Wingspan 7 to 9 mm. A variable species, some specimens appearing very dark and some much paler. There is a broad whitish basal streak which is usually quite obvious.

Identification difficulty

Adult Leafmine

ID guidance

Areas where the larval foodplant is present.

When to see it

Adults fly in two generations; in May and again in August.

Life History

The larvae feed on Alder including Italian Alder, creating a small triangular blotch mine on the underside of the leaves.

UK Status

It is quite a common species throughout 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).

15.067 BF345

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map