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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Rare and local resident.

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

Flight time: May and Aug.

Forewing: 3-4mm.

Foodplant: Cherry spp.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded2006201018922014
Year last recorded2006201420142014
Number of records13252
Number of individuals10150
Unique positions13212
Unique locations13211
Adult records0030
Immature records13222

For the county, we have a total of 31 records from 26 sites. First recorded in 1892.


15.050 Phyllonorycter cerasicolella 05 ex mine on wild cherry
© Andy Nunn
15.050 Phyllonorycter cerasicolella 04 ex mine on wild cherry
© Andy Nunn
15.050 Phyllonorycter cerasicolella 03 mine on wild cherry
© Andy Nunn
15.050 Phyllonorycter cerasicolella 02 ex. leaf mine
© Charlie Streets, 12 Mar 2012
15.050 Phyllonorycter cerasicolella 01 mines
© Charlie Streets, 1 Nov 2011

Species Account

Most records are of leaf mines.

Similar species: 0329 Phyllonorycter spinicolella, best separated by gen. det. or foodplant.

Sutton and Beaumont, 1989:
VC63. Wheatley Wood, Doncaster, mines collected in the autumn of 1892 from which moths were reared early in 1893, the first British record (Corbett, 1893a, 1893b); Skelmanthorpe, 26.7.1917 (BM notebooks).

Beaumont, 2002: The status of this taxon is unresolved, it may be a foodplant form of spinicolella (Zeller). For the present larval mines on, and moths reared from, cherry are recorded under the present name, these are the first County records since 1917.

Argus 60, 2010:
VC62. Kilburn Woods, mines on cherry 5.10.2010 (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

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