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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time:

Forewing: 4mm.

Foodplant: Hornbeam.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded200619892009
Year last recorded201420142009
Number of records3111
Number of individuals6130
Unique positions3101
Unique locations391
Adult records000
Immature records3101

For the county, we have a total of 15 records from 13 sites. First recorded in 1989.


15.065 Phyllonorycter esperella 06 mine on hornbeam
© Andy Nunn
15.065 Phyllonorycter esperella 05 mine on hornbeam
© Andy Nunn
15.065 Phyllonorycter esperella 04 larva in mine
© Dave Shenton
15.065 Phyllonorycter esperella 03 mines on Hornbeam
© Dave Shenton
15.065 Phyllonorycter esperella 02 mines
© Charlie Streets, 4 Oct 2010
15.065 Phyllonorycter esperella 01
© Charlie Streets, 18 Mar 2011

Species Account

Most records are of leaf mines.

Argus 60, 2010: Mines of these moths have recently been found more widely; it is limited by the presence of its foodplant.
VC64. Hollybank Wood, Ripley, mines on hornbeam 8.10.2009, moth reared (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Argus 69, 2013: Since 2001 has been recorded very thinly in the south of the county, the VC62 record represents a northward expansion.
VC62. Fishpond Plantation, Middlesborough, mines on hornbeam 17.10.2013 (CHF, RWo). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

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