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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Very rare and very local resident.

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

Flight time: late Apr-May, Aug.

Forewing: 4-5mm.

Foodplant: London Plane.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded2007200720092012
Year last recorded2014201420142014
Number of records52163
Number of individuals4001301
Unique positions52123
Unique locations52123
Adult records0000
Immature records52163

For the county, we have a total of 26 records from 22 sites. First recorded in 2007.


15.041 Phyllonorycter platani 06 ex mine on London plane
© Andy Nunn
15.041 Phyllonorycter platani 05 mine on London plane
© Andy Nunn
15.041 Phyllonorycter platani 04 leaf mines
© Dave Shenton
15.041 Phyllonorycter platani 03 early leaf mines
© Dave Shenton
15.041 Phyllonorycter platani 02 mine on London Plane
© Derek Parkinson
15.041 Phyllonorycter platani 01 adult reared from mine
© Dave Shenton

Species Account

All records are of leaf mines.

Argus 54, 2007:
VC62. Museum Gardens, York, mines on plane 21.8.2007 (EDC). NEW COUNTY RECORD.

VC61. York University, mines on plane 24.8.2007 (EDC). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Argus 58, 2009:
VC63. Doncaster, a few mines on plane 22.9.2009 (HEB). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Current status (HEB, 2011): First found in Britain in the London area in 1990, this plane mining species has since spread at a steady pace. The first county records were from adjacent localities in York (VC62 and 61) in 2007 with further records from Hull (VC61) in 2008 and from Doncaster (VC63) in 2009. Likely to be found more widely in the future, mainly in suburban or parkland areas where the host tree has been planted.

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