Recent Status: An adventive species that arrives with Azalea plants. Local colonies have set up in the UK. The species has been recorded in Suffolk.
Life Style: Two or three broods in a year with the moth being recorded in most months, The larvae feed on Azalea leaves. They pupate under a membrane on the underside of a leaf.
Identification: This is the smallest Caloptilia species in the UK it stands erect on its front legs at rest. It is a dark or orange brown variably spotted darker. There is a long costal blotch that does not meet the dorsum and is dark spotted along the costa. The larvae feed in a mine that becomes a blotch on the underside of an Azalea leaf where the ovum is laid. It then down folds a series of leaf edges. This species cannot be mistaken for any other UK Caloptilia.
Recorded in 4 (7%) of 58 10k Squares. First Recorded in 2002. Last Recorded in 2020. Additional Stats