Species Account

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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Very common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, Apr-May, Sep-Nov.

Forewing: 4mm.

Foodplant: Beech.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19041859188318831883
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records518220916760
Number of individuals100317186184
Unique positions327715016057
Unique locations297415814549
Adult records1721020
Immature records337818015659

For the county, we have a total of 569 records from 455 sites. First recorded in 1859.


15.063 Phyllonorycter maestingella 06
© Andy Nunn
15.063 Phyllonorycter maestingella 05
© Andy Nunn
15.063 Phyllonorycter maestingella 04 mines on Beech
© Dave Shenton
15.063 Phyllonorycter maestingella 03 mine on beech
© Andy Nunn
15.063 Phyllonorycter maestingella 02 mine on beech
© Terry Box, 13 Nov 2012
15.063 Phyllonorycter maestingella 01
© Charlie Streets, 27 Mar 2008

Species Account

Most records are of leaf mines.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widely recorded and usually abundant among beech throughout all five vice-counties.

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