Species Account

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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: None

Local Status: Common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, late Apr-Jun, Jul-Sep.

Forewing: 5-6mm.

Foodplant: Privet and Lilac.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19491859188319651883
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records27111952216842
Number of individuals50115414731085
Unique positions516415011735
Unique locations515917910434
Adult records24470288755
Immature records22471939336

For the county, we have a total of 1122 records from 427 sites. First recorded in 1859.


15.014 Gracillaria syringella 03
© Andy Nunn
15.014 Gracillaria syringella 04
© Andy Nunn
15.014 Gracillaria syringella 02 leaf mines on Privet
© Dave Shenton
15.014 Gracillaria syringella 01 mating pair
© Alan Miller

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widely recorded from all five vice-counties, in suburban areas abundant among lilac and privet, rather less frequent but still common among ash away from gardens.

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