Tischeria ekebladella

Alt Name
Oak Carl

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


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

It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

10.001 BF123

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map