Tischeria ekebladella

    Alternative names
    Oak Carl

    Wingspan 8 to11 mm. The adult moth is golden brown and has darker tips to the forewings.

    Identification difficulty

    Adult Leafmine

    ID guidance

    Leafmine occurs on Oak (and sometimes on Sweet Chestnut). http://www.leafmines.co.uk/html/Lepidoptera/T.ekebladella.htm


    Found in deciduous woodland.

    When to see it

    It flies in May and June.

    Life History

    The larva generally feeds on the leaves of oak or sweet chestnut forming distinctive white mines on the upperside. The larvae overwinter inside a circular chamber in the mine, and then pupate inside this chamber in late spring. The larval stages occur from September and October.

    UK Status

    Fairly common in suitable habitat throughout much of Britain.  In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
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