Gracillariidae: Lithocolletinae

0332a (ABH15.053) Firethorn Leaf Miner Phyllonorycter leucographella, (Zeller, 1850)

KR01269

Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
 pre-1981
 1981-1999
 2000-2009
 2010-onwards
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Elton
Elton
 Photo © Brian Stone
Leaf mine on Pyracantha
Leaf mine on Pyracantha
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Leaf mine on Apple
Leaf mine on Apple
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Leaf mine on Apple
Leaf mine on Apple
 Photo © Barry Dickerson


General Information

This species was first discovered in Essex in 1989 and has since become widespread and quite common.

 

The larvae produce a silvery mine on the upper side of a leaf.


Wingspan: 7-9 mm
Foodplant(s): pyracanthas (Pyracantha spp.), hawthorns (Crataegus spp.), Apple (Malus domestica)
Flying: Several overlapping generations, April-October
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common

Regional Information

Recorded in 143 (53%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in November 2018

Recorded date range (Adult): 12 May to 21 November

Recorded date range (Larva/Leafmine): 17 January to 18 December

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Leaf mine of Phyllonorycter corylifoliella on Hawthorn
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
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Seghill, Northumberland 23-07-14
 Photo © Ian Fisher