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


Bave Valley, 4 August 2013
Bucculatrix cidarella Mine


© Robin Howard/Dave Shenton

Bucculatrix cidarella (Zeller, 1839)

Wingspan: 8-9mm

A univoltine species on the wing in May and June. The adult has yet to be recorded at Las Descargues but mines have been collected in the Bave Valley where the foodplant is common.

Eggs are laid on the underside of leaves of Alnus glutinosa and Myrica gale where a long narrow gallery is formed with the exit hole on the upper side of the leaf. Larvae feed during their final two instars out of the mine on the underside of leaves.