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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Rare and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 4 adult, 2 leaf-mine   See here for explanation

Flight time:

Forewing: 2-3mm.

Foodplant: Alder.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded20141883188320102005
Year last recorded20142013201320132012
Number of records121333
Number of individuals11610
Unique positions121233
Unique locations121233
Adult records00100
Immature records111133

For the county, we have a total of 22 records from 21 sites. First recorded in 1883.


0156 Heliozela resplendella 03 larva
© Andy Nunn
0156 Heliozela resplendella 01 mine on alder
© Andy Nunn
0156 Heliozela resplendella 02 mine and cutout on Alder
© Dave Shenton

Species Account

Most records are of leaf-mines.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: A local moth with scattered records from vice-counties 62, 63 and 64.

Argus 50, 2005:
VC65. High Batts NR., mine on alder 19.8.2005 (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2013 (CHF): Locally common on alder. We have no records from VC61. Adults can be seen flying round alder branches in early summer though most of our records are of the characteristic leaf mines in the autumn. The mine begins in a major vein then the larva descends to the midrib. To do this it often moves from one thick vein to another my means of a slender corridor. It then descends into the petiole before returning up the midrib and making a short corridor leading to an oval excision 2 x 5mm in which the larva drops to the ground.

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