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0254 ~ Leucoptera laburnella ~ Laburnum leaf miner
UK Status

Resident. Locally common throughout the British Isles as far north as southern Scotland.

Montgomeryshire Status

First recorded in 2010 from Llanfyllin in the north of the county. Since which a further record from the east has also been added.

Wingspan :   M & F, 7-9mm.

Confusion species

L. wailesella and L. spartifoliella.
Flight time & Voltinity (Bivoltine.)


Mainly an urban species.


Laburnum, dyer's greenweed and garden lupin.

Lifestage data

Leaf miner. Eggs laid on underside of leaf. Larva first mines a brown blotch, then an irregular short gallery. Pupates in a fragile cocoon on the underside of a leaf of the foodplant.
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Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by MDH, 15th May 2010, Llanfyllin
(Confirmed by Gen Det)