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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Apr-Nov.

Forewing: 4mm.

Foodplant: Oak, Beech and Sweet Chestnut.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19981859188318832006
Year last recorded20142014201420142013
Number of records28440198
Number of individuals13015560157
Unique positions17435122
Unique locations16435122
Adult records1508117
Immature records1323071

For the county, we have a total of 99 records from 69 sites. First recorded in 1859.


15.040 Phyllonorycter messaniella 06
© David Ashton, 5 Sep 2013
15.040 Phyllonorycter messaniella 05 ex mine on Turner's oak
© Andy Nunn
15.040 Phyllonorycter messaniella 04 mine on Turner's oak
© Andy Nunn
15.040 Phyllonorycter messaniella 03 mines - underside view
© Dave Shenton
15.040 Phyllonorycter messaniella 02 mines on Quercus ilex
© Dave Shenton
15.040 Phyllonorycter messaniella 01
© Dave Shenton

Species Account

Some of the records are of leaf mines.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Locally abundant on evergreen oaks, much less frequently on deciduous oaks, not recorded from VC65.

Argus 52, 2006:
VC65. Thorpe Perrow arboretum, mines on holm oak 3.9.2006 (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

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