Recent Status: This species has been on the increase in Britain following an absence of around one hundred years and appeared in Suffolk for the first time in 2018.
Life Style: Since the recent increase of this species in the UK the temporal occurence of the species is still unclear. It comes to light. The larvae mine leaves of Prunus spinosa. Other species of Prunus and Malus are possible. Other foodplants previously stated are a result of confusion with other moth species. They pupate in a loose cocoon suspended beneath a foodplant leaf by loose silk.
Identification: A narrow winged species that is significantly longer than L. clerkella. It lacks the oval patch of L. clerkella. The species has two forms. The commoner white winged form is similar to L. clerkella with the oval patch replaced by a pair of oblique fasciae. The other form has a dark costa and a broad dark oblique fascia. The larvae create an irregular gallery leading to an irregular blotch. More Info The information on this species has been updated in accordance with Heckford, R. J. & Beavan, S. D. Entomologist's Gazette Vol 71, No. 4, 2020.
Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.
Mine: Either the leaf or a good photograph required
Recorded in 6 (10%) of 58 10k Squares. First Recorded in 2018. Last Recorded in 2020. Additional Stats