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15.067 (BF345)

Common Alder Midget   

Phyllonorycter rajella
Adult: 2
Leaf Mine: L
Resident. Local.

Recording method

Comes to light.

Life cycle

Mines: June-July, August-October.  Adults fly April-May, June-July, August-September.

Larval foodplants

Alder Alnus glutinosa or Italian Alder Alnus cordata.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway were found at unknown sites in Dumfriesshire and Kirkcudbrightshire by persons unknown prior to 1985 (BRC/MOGBI data), with the Wigtownshire first being of leaf-mines found at Castle Kennedy Gardens on 17th July 1994 by A. M. Emmet.

38 record(s) from 17 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2013 2022 2022

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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