Gracillariidae: Gracillariinae

0283 (ABH15.005) Caloptilia betulicola, (Hering, 1928)


Culbin Forest, Moray
Culbin Forest, Moray
 Photo © Ian Fisher
Culbin Forest, Moray
 Photo © Ian Fisher

General Information

This species is very similar to C. elongella. and genital dissection is usually required for a conclusive identification (although the presence of only one of the food plants is a useful indicator).


The larvae initially mine the leaves before constructing a shelter from a rolled leaf.

Overwinters as Overwinters as an adult.

Wingspan: 14-16mm
Foodplant(s): birches (Betula spp.)
Flying: Two generations, June-July and September-April (hibernates)
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common

Regional Information

Recorded in 14 (5.2%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in July 2023

Recorded date range (Adult): 30 March to 03 November

Recorded date range (Larva/Leafmine): 02 July to 25 October

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 Photo © Ian Fisher
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