Zelleria oleastrella
Zelleria oleastrella
Adult • Highworth, Wiltshire • © Steve Nash

16.011 BF435a

Zelleria oleastrella

(Millière, 1864)

Only a handful of records of this southern European species have been recorded in Britain to date.

It was first recorded in 2006 when four were taken in June at light - two on St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly, and singles in Weymouth and East Lulworth, Dorset.

The species has since been encountered in Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, but is still a rare occurrence.

The larvae mine the leaves of Olive, and pupate in a silken cocoon.

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