Phyllonorycter tristrigella

Alternative names
Elm Midget

Wingspan 7-9 mm. One of the more distinctive of the Phyllonorycters, this species has two complete bands across the forewing and then a chevron-like mark nearer the wingtip. It also lacks the dark fringe line often present in other species.

Identification difficulty

Adult Leafmine


Hedgerows and usually favouring Elm

When to see it

There are two broods, with adults at large during May and again in August.

Life History

The larvae feed on Elm (Ulmus), creating a long, narrow blotch mine on the underside of a leaf between two veins.

UK Status

The species is relatively common in mainland Britain northwards to southern Scotland. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Records would indicate that this moth is rather uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded)

15.078 BF356

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map