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15.004 (BF282)

Pale Red Slender   

Caloptilia elongella
Adult: 4
Leaf Mine: A
Resident. Local.

Recording method

Overwinters as an adult in evergreen trees such as Yew.  Comes to light.

Life cycle

Larvae present May-July, August-October, first in an irregular upper-surface mine, then in a blotch mine, then rolling a leaf downwards lengthways.  Adults June-August, September-April.

Larval foodplants

Alder species.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was of a few larvae found on Alnus at “Motte” near Skaith, Wigtownshire, on 9th July 1982 by E. C. Pelham-Clinton, while he also found the first for Dumfriesshire, which was of larvae found on Alnus at Caerlaverock on 10th July 1982, with the Kirkcudbrightshire first being of larvae found at Wood of Cree on 25th June 2005.

16 record(s) from 11 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2011 2016 2022

 UK Moths website - further information on species (with photos)

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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