Phyllonorycter schreberella

    Alt Name
    Small Elm Midget
    Description

    Wingspan 6 to 8 mm. A very small moth with a metallic lustre and dark, leaden colours around the head and fringes, with silvery strigulae.

    Identification difficulty

    Adult Leafmine

    Habitat

    Areas where elm is present.

    When to see it

    The adults fly in two generations during May and August.

    Life History

    Along with P. tristrigella, this species feeds on elm (Ulmus), although not usually on Wych Elm like that species. However the two mines are quite different - schreberella forming a rounded mine and tristrigella a longer, narrower tube-like mine.

    UK Status

    It is distributed mainly in the southern half of England and Wales, but can be common in places. 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).

    Reference
    15.074 BF352

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map