Phyllonorycter rajella

    Alt Name
    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.

    Photo ID?

    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

    UK Map