Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Adventive
Local Status: Very rare and very local adventive.
Local Record: Grade 4 adult, 2 leaf-mine See here for explanation
Flight time: -
Foodplant: Olive trees.
|Year first recorded||2012||2012|
|Year last recorded||2012||2012|
|Number of records||2||1|
|Number of individuals||12||0|
For the county, we have a total of 3 records from 2 sites. First recorded in 2012.
Argus 66, 2012: An adventive moth introduced with imported olive trees.
VC63. Wentworth Garden Centre, mines on olive 8-11.4.2012, moth reared (DSh, HEB). NEW COUNTY RECORD.
VC64. Killinghall, Daleside Nurseries, mines on olive 26.4.2012 (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.
An adventive species which mines the leaves of olive trees and was first found in the UK in 2009, see: P. oleae at www.leafmines.co.uk In a bizarre coincidence, Dave Shenton who was visiting his relatives in the county found mines at Wentworth Garden Centre on an olive tree outdoors on Easter Monday (8 Apr 2012). Harry Beaumont then said he had found mines on (apparently) the same olive on exactly the same day. (CHF, pers. comm.).