Gracillariidae: Lithocolletinae

0325 (ABH15.045) Phyllonorycter mespilella, (Hübner, [1805])

KR01273

Phyllonorycter mespilella mine on Whitebeam
Phyllonorycter mespilella mine on Whitebeam
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Phyllonorycter mespilella mine on Whitebeam
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
 pre-2000
 2000-2009
 2010-2019
 2020-onwards


General Information

This species can be distinguished from P. oxyacanthae and P. sorbi by the food plant.

 

The larvae create a mine with many creases in the lower epidermis.


Wingspan: 6-8mm
Foodplant(s): Wild Service-tree (Sorbus torminalis), Wild Pear (Pyrus pyraster), Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia), Common Whitebeam (Sorbus aria)
Flying: Two generations, May and August

Habitat

Established woodland.

Regional Information

Recorded in 2 (0.7%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in November 2011

Recorded date range (Adult): 26 May to 26 July

Recorded date range (Larva/Leafmine): 12 September to 16 November

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 Photo © David Griffiths