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.
Leafmine occurs on Elm. http://www.leafmines.co.uk/html/Lepidoptera/P.schreberella.htm
Areas where elm is present.
The adults fly in two generations during May and August.
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.
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.
Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant).
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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