285 Azalea Leaf Miner Caloptilia azaleella
(Brants, 1913)Wingspan 10-11 mm.
Another distinctive member of this family with largely dark brown forewings broken only by a yellow band along the costal margin.
This moth is an adventive species, probably introduced with azalea and rhodedendron plants, that is now spreading throughout southern Britain.
The larvae initially form mines in Azalea leaves, later forming a cone by rolling the leaf downwards from the tip.
The adult moth is attracted to light and occurs in 2-3 generations from May to October.