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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: May-Jul.

Forewing: 4-5mm.

Foodplant: Blackthorn.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19852010201319732003
Year last recorded20142012201420092010
Number of records133865
Number of individuals1387132
Unique positions63853
Unique locations62853
Adult records40132
Immature records93733

For the county, we have a total of 35 records from 24 sites. First recorded in 1973.


15.033 Parornix torquillella 04 larva
© Derek Parkinson
15.033 Parornix torquillella 03 mine
© Ian Marshall, 18 Oct 2012
15.033 Parornix torquillella 02 mine
© Ian Marshall, 18 Oct 2012
15.033 Parornix torquillella 01
© Charles Fletcher

Species Account

Many records are of larva.

Similar species: Adults similar to other Parornix spp; leaf-mines similar to 0308 Deltaornix finitimella, but larva distinct.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Records are quite widespread and from all five vice-counties but some may be due to confusion with P. finitimella (Zeller). Distribution map 132 in MBGBI 2 also shows records from all five vice-counties but no confirmed record is available from VC65.

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