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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: -

Forewing: -

Foodplant: Olive trees.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded20122012
Year last recorded20122012
Number of records21
Number of individuals120
Unique positions11
Unique locations11
Adult records00
Immature records21

For the county, we have a total of 3 records from 2 sites. First recorded in 2012.


0449c Prays oleae 05 adult reared ex mine on Olive
© Dave Shenton
0449c Prays oleae 04 pupa and cocoon
© Dave Shenton
0449c Prays oleae 03 larva
© Dave Shenton
0449c Prays oleae 02 leaf mine
© Dave Shenton
0449c Prays oleae 01 leaf mines
© Dave Shenton

Species Account

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 link 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.).

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