Chrysoesthia drurella
Chrysoesthia drurella
Larva • instar. Early August, in Atriplex in arable field. Shropshire. • © Ian Smith

35.035 BF746
Chrysoesthia drurella

(Fabricius, 1775)


Wingspan 8-9 mm.

A small but brightly-coloured species, frequenting open ground and wasteland, and distributed widely throughout England, though rare in Scotland and not known in Ireland or Wales.

The moths have two generations, flying in May and June, and again in August and September.

The larvae feed by mining the leaves of goosefoot (Chenopodium) and orache (Atriplex), forming a contorted gallery.
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