Heliozelidae

0154 (ABH6.003) Heliozela sericiella, (Haworth, 1828)

KR00329

Leaf mine cut out near petiole on Oak
Leaf mine cut out near petiole on Oak
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Leaf mine cut out near petiole on Oak
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
 pre-1981
 1981-1999
 2000-2009
 2010-onwards
Leaf mine cut out near petiole on Oak
Leaf mine cut out near petiole on Oak
 Photo © Barry Dickerson


General Information

This moth has a shining grey forewing with two indistinct white spots.

 

The larvae initially mine a twig, then move on to the base of a leaf, before finally forming a blotch and cutting an oval case.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a pupa.
Flies during the day

Wingspan: 6-8mm.
Foodplant(s): oaks (Quercus spp.)
Flying: One generation, April-May
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common

Habitat

Heathland, woodland, hedgerows and scrub.

Regional Information

Recorded in 25 (9.3%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in October 2017

Recorded date range (Adult): 23 April to 17 October

Recorded date range (Larva/Leafmine): 05 April to 18 November

Similar Species
Leaf mine on Alder
Leaf mine on Alder
 Photo © Barry Dickerson


Larva/Leafmine:
Larva Type:
Colours:
Yellow, WHite, Black, Brown