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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Rare and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Recorded Mar-Jul, apparently bivoltine elsewhere.

Forewing: 4mm.

Foodplant: Sallow spp.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded20141859188319911883
Year last recorded20142014201220112013
Number of records3129115
Number of individuals46582
Unique positions2129105
Unique locations2129105
Adult records33250
Immature records07564

For the county, we have a total of 40 records from 38 sites. First recorded in 1859.


0337 Phyllonorycter hilarella 03
© Andy Nunn
0337 Phyllonorycter hilarella 02
© Charles Fletcher, 12 Apr 2012
0337 Phyllonorycter hilarella 01
© Charles Fletcher, 12 Apr 2002

Species Account

Many of the records are of leaf mines. Mines can be confused with Phyllonorycter dubitella and the moths should be bred out to confirm identification.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Recorded sparsely from all five vice-counties but there are few recent records.

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