Wingspan 5 to 6 mm.
Areas where Holm Oak is present.
The adult moths emerge in June or July and like many of the group are rarely encountered, unless they are reared from mines collected in the autumn or winter.
The larvae feed on Holm Oak (Quercus ilex), creating a contorted gallery mine in the leaves. Usually there are several, larvae mining a single leaf. Mines occur from November through to April.
This species was first discovered in England in 1996, when it was found in Greater London but its identity was not confirmed until 2001. Since then it has been found across a large part of south-eastern England. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as Nationally Scarce B.
It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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