0157 (ABH6.005) Heliozela hammoniella (=betulae), Sorhagen, 1885



General Information

This moth has a dark grey forewing and a distinct triangular white spot before the tornus.


The larvae mine twigs (and buds if in its course) before entering the midrib. Eventually the larvae cut out an oval case.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a pupa.
Flies during the day

Wingspan: 5-7mm.
Foodplant(s): birches (Betula spp.)
Flying: One generation, May-June
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common

Regional Information

Recorded in 1 (0.4%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in September 2013

Recorded date range (Larva/Leafmine): 30 August to 11 November

Similar Species
Leaf mine cut out near petiole on Oak
Leaf mine cut out near petiole on Oak
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Leaf mine on Alder
Leaf mine on Alder
 Photo © Barry Dickerson

Larva Type:
White, Grey, Brown