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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3 adult, 2 leaf-mine   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 3-4mm.

Foodplant: Small-leaved Lime.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded20082008200120052008
Year last recorded20142013201420142010
Number of records632052
Number of individuals1642320
Unique positions631752
Unique locations631852
Adult records22320
Immature records411732

For the county, we have a total of 36 records from 34 sites. First recorded in 2001.


14.009 Bucculatrix thoracella 05
© Andy Nunn
14.009 Bucculatrix thoracella 04 mine on lime
© Andy Nunn
14.009 Bucculatrix thoracella 03 cocoon
© Dave Shenton
14.009 Bucculatrix thoracella 02 leaf mines
© Dave Shenton
14.009 Bucculatrix thoracella 01 mine
© Charles Fletcher, 4 Sep 2008

Species Account

Most records are of leaf-mines.

Argus 47, 2001-04:
VC63. Rossington, 1.8.2001 (RIH). NEW COUNTY RECORD.

Argus 50, 2005:
VC64. Sharow, 21.6.2005 conf. HEB (JCW). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Argus 56, 2008:
VC65. Hutton Conyers, larval mine on Tilia cordata 4.9.2008 (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Current status (HEB, 2011): A moth with a distribution in the southern and midland counties of England so did not require much of a range extension to reach Yorkshire. The first Yorkshire occurrence was at Rossington (VC63) in 2001 since when it has been recorded (usually from leaf mines) from all five vice-counties.

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