Gracillariidae: Lithocolletinae

0329 (ABH15.049) Phyllonorycter spinicolella, (Zeller, 1846)

KR01310

April 2009
April 2009
 Photo © Peter Bissell
April 2009
 Photo © Peter Bissell
 pre-2000
 2000-2009
 2010-2019
 2020-onwards
Leaf mine on Blackthorn
Leaf mine on Blackthorn
 Photo © Barry Dickerson


General Information

This species is very similar to P. cerasicolella and is best separated by food plant, or by genital dissection.

 

The larvae create a mine which causes the leaf to arch or fold over.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a larva.

Wingspan: 6.5-7.5mm
Foodplant(s): Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), Wild Plum (Prunus americana)
Flying: Two generations, May and August
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common

Regional Information

Recorded in 225 (83.3%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in November 2019

Recorded date range (Adult): 12 April to 05 October

Recorded date range (Larva/Leafmine): 22 June to 04 December

Similar Species
Phyllonorycter hostis
Phyllonorycter hostis
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Leaf mine on Cherry - top view
Leaf mine on Cherry - top view
 Photo © Barry Dickerson