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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Rare and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 4 adult, 2 leaf-mine   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 4mm.

Foodplant: Apple, Hawthorn and Rowan.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19521859188320141883
Year last recorded20142013201420142002
Number of records1355022
Number of individuals903700
Unique positions854322
Unique locations954322
Adult records20200
Immature records1034421

For the county, we have a total of 72 records from 61 sites. First recorded in 1859.


21.008 Leucoptera malifoliella 03 mine on hawthorn
© Andy Nunn
21.008 Leucoptera malifoliella 02 mines on crab apple
© Charles Fletcher, 8 Nov 2012
21.008 Leucoptera malifoliella 01 tenanted leaf mine on Hawthorn
© Dave Shenton

Species Account

Most records are of leaf-mines.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Recorded from all five vice-counties, widespread and often common, most frequently mining leaves of apple and hawthorn, occasionally on rowan.

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