Wingspan 7 to 9 mm. Phyllonorycter viminiella has much less distinct markings than most other Phyllonorycter species.
Leafmine occurs on willow species. http://www.leafmines.co.uk/html/Lepidoptera/P.viminella.htm
A species generally inhabiting wetland habitats
The adults fly in May and June and again in August.
The main foodplants are the narrow-leaved willows, such as Osier and Crack Willow. The larva feeds in an underside mine, usually near the edge of the leaf, causing it to fold over.
Distribution of this moth extends throughout England and Wales and into southern Scotland. Elsewhere there are scattered records from Ireland and northern Scotland. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.
It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).
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