Heliozela resplendella - Lot Moths and Butterflies - species in Las Descargues, the Lot, France
drawing of a moth


Las Descargues, 26 August 2011
Heliozela resplendella Mine


© Robin Howard/Mike Hall

Heliozela resplendella (Stainton, 1851)

Wingspan: 5-7mm

A bivoltine species with adult moths on the wing from April to late July. The imago has yet to be recorded at Las Descargues but mines are often encountered.

Eggs are laid primarily on the midrib or lateral rib of a young terminal leaf of Alnus glutinosa (Heath, 1983). The larva feeds between early June and late September or early October eventually producing an elliptical case in which it descends to the ground where it fastens to a stick or dead branch. Pupation takes place in the case.