Phyllonorycter viminiella

    Alternative names
    Willow Midget and Phyllonorycter salictella

    Wingspan 7 to 9 mm. Phyllonorycter viminiella has much less distinct markings than most other Phyllonorycter species.

    Identification difficulty

    Adult Leafmine

    ID guidance

    A species generally inhabiting wetland habitats

    When to see it

    The adults fly in May and June and again in August.

    Life History

    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.

    UK Status

    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.

    VC55 Status

    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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