Feathered Leaf-cutter

Incurvaria masculella


Wingspan 12 to 16mm. The wings are dark brownish with two white marks on the trailing edges of the forewings, which form white spots down the centre of its back when folded. The male has unusual, 'feathered' antennae. The head is a pale orange.


Woodland edge and hedgerows. The larvae feed as leaf-miners on the leaves of various trees, often Hawthorn. Part-way through its development the caterpillar comes to the ground where it feeds on dead leaves and then pupates.

Status and distribution

Common and widespread through most of Briain, though slightly less common in Scotland. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

May to June.