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Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nationally Scarce B

Local Status: Rare and local resident.

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

Flight time:

Forewing: 2mm.

Foodplant: Hawthorn.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded2012197920142011
Year last recorded2012201320142011
Number of records11911
Number of individuals0100
Unique positions11711
Unique locations11711
Adult records0000
Immature records11711

For the county, we have a total of 22 records from 20 sites. First recorded in 1979.


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Species Account

Most records are of leaf-mines.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: First recorded in Yorkshire in 1976, this moth has now occurred in all five vice-counties and is locally common.

2013 (CHF): This hawthorn-mining species is still local in the county with most records in the south. The egg is laid underneath the leaf about 1mm from the leaf margin. The mine is a primary blotch at the tip of a leaf segment and there is no preceding corridor. The frass is fairly central but concentrated towards the edge of the leaf, so that the clear areas are much wider towards the centre of the leaf. This distinguishes it from the rather similar Leucoptera malifoliella where the mine is further away from the leaf margin, the frass is more central and the frass shows a spiral pattern.

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