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).

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

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