Wingspan 8 to 9 mm. A small but brightly coloured species.
Frequenting open ground and wasteland.
The moths have two generations, flying in May and June, and again in August and September.
The larvae feed by mining the leaves of goosefoot (Chenopodium) and orache (Atriplex), forming a contorted gallery.
Distributed widely but locally throughout England, it is rare in Scotland and not known in Ireland or Wales. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.
It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).
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