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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3 adult, 2 leaf-mine   See here for explanation

Flight time: May and Aug.

Forewing: 3-4mm.

Foodplant: Blackthorn, and sometimes Wild Plum.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded20011883188318831883
Year last recorded20142014201420142013
Number of records171228214
Number of individuals24929191
Unique positions171225204
Unique locations171225214
Adult records00020
Immature records171026182

For the county, we have a total of 82 records from 79 sites. First recorded in 1883.


15.049 Phyllonorycter spinicolella 02 mine on blackthorn
© Terry Box, 12 Nov 2017
15.049 Phyllonorycter spinicolella 01 mine on blackthorn
© Andy Nunn

Species Account

Most records are of leaf mines.

Similar species: 0330 Phyllonorycter cerasicolella, best separated by gen. det. or foodplant.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Recorded from all five vice-counties and although quite widespread is seldom stated to be common.

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