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35.093 ~ 0792 ~ Mirificarma mulinella ~ Gorse Groundling
UK Status

Resident. Widespread and common throughout the British Isles.

Montgomeryshire Status

Recorded from two county locations but, as it feeds on gorse, it is probably more prevalent than this.

Wingspan :   M & F, 11-15mm.

Confusion species

Flight time & Voltinity (Univoltine)


Heathland and wasteland.


Gorse and broom.

Lifestage data

Bud miner. Eggs, oviposition site unobserved. Larva makes a small hole in a bud that isn't quite open and feeds within, this process is repeated several times. Pupates in a fragile cocoon amongst leaf litter on ground.
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by PRW, 26th July 2008, Commins Coch

Photo by MDH, 5th Aug 2010, Llanfyllin