The adult moth has dark wings with a silvery fascia, orange head and white eyecaps.
Leafmine occurs on Birch. http://www.leafmines.co.uk/html/Lepidoptera/S.continuella2.htm
Areas where Birch is present.
The mines can be found in June and July, and occasionally in September. The adults are on the wing in May and August.
The foodplant of this species is Birch. The larvae create a distinctive leaf mine which starts off with a brownish blotch and then becomes a gallery completely filled with greenish-brown frass.
Mainly recorded in in southern and north-west England. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.
Rare, or rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.
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