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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Rare and local resident.

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

Flight time: Several (?) generations, May-Sep.

Forewing: 4mm.

Foodplant: Honeysuckle and sometimes Snowberry.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19831859188319771883
Year last recorded20132011201420101883
Number of records342661
Number of individuals2102020
Unique positions341861
Unique locations341861
Adult records231731
Immature records11930

For the county, we have a total of 40 records from 32 sites. First recorded in 1859.


15.083 Phyllonorycter trifasciella 03 mine on honeysuckle
© Andy Nunn
15.083 Phyllonorycter trifasciella 01
© Terry Box, 10 Jun 2017
15.083 Phyllonorycter trifasciella 02 mine on Lonicera
© Dave Shenton

Species Account

Many records are of leaf lines.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: A scarce moth with only three records. The statement by Porritt (1907) 'Probably common wherever honeysuckle grows well' cannot be substantiated.

Beaumont, 2002: Regarded as scarce in 1989 and still local but with further records from the south of VC63.

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