Azalea Leaf Miner


Caloptilia azaleella – This is a tiny moth which loves my garage light. There were a few hanging around it, mesmerised by its glow. It is a naturalised adventive species which is steadily spreading northwards, and was probably introduced with azalea and rhodedendron plants. It is around 5mm (1/4in) long, and I could barely see it with the naked eye, so didn’t know what I had got until I saw it on the big screen. Double-click images for a closer look.


Azalea Leaf Miner Caloptilia azaleella

Azalea Leaf Miner Caloptilia azaleella

© Peter Hillman ♦ 10th May 2020 ♦ rear garden, South Staffordshire ♦ Nikon D7200


16 thoughts on “Azalea Leaf Miner

    1. Thank you very much, Irene. At first I only notcied a couple of the larger moths, and saw these as only specks which I thought may have been dead flies left by the spiders which hang around the light. Until I touched one and it flew off! I just had to have a closer look with my camera 🙂

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  1. I increasingly find that my camera reveals a world previously unseen by me. These are very interesting photographs.

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  2. Cool, Pete. I’ve seen a leaf miner as a larva but never, at least that I recognized, as an adult. I shared this post back in February but I think that was before we started visiting each other’s blogs.

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