Morley’s Final Catalogue: Generally quite a common kind among broom, where it occurs at Brandon (Barrett).
Recent Status: A scarce species in Suffolk.
Life Style: A single brooded species flying from June to September. The larvae mine green bark of Cytisus. They pupate in a cocoon on the ground.
Identification: The moth is coarsely scaled with brown tipped whitish scales. The head tuft is slightly more ferruginous and the scape white. There are similar Trifurcula species so genitalia dissection is required for identification. The larva mines downwards initially from an ovum that remains on a stem. They cross a vein and may then change direction. The mine becomes black the larva is green. More Info
Verification Grade Comment: Egg position essential to distinguish from Leucoptera spartifoliella
Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required
Mine: Either the leaf or a good photograph required
Recorded in 3 (5%) of 58 10k Squares. First Recorded in 2003. Last Recorded in 2021. Additional Stats