Wingspan 5 to 6 mm.
Gardens, parks and other areas where the larval foodplants occur.
The adults fly during July and the mines can be found from September to November.
The larva creates a mine in a Rose (Rosa) leaf, beginning as a contorted gallery filled with brownish frass and then widening into a blotch with central or dispersed blackish frass. The young larva itself has a chain of dark spots on the abdomen. In later instars, these spots become smaller and less noticeable, and the green gut can be seen.
A locally common species occurring in England, Wales and southern Scotland. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.
Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant).
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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