Gracillariidae: Gracillariinae

0301 (ABH15.025) Parornix betulae, (Stainton, 1854)


Parornix betulae mine on Birch
Parornix betulae mine on Birch
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Parornix betulae mine on Birch
 Photo © Barry Dickerson

General Information

This is the only greyish Parornix with white tips of the apictal cilia, but genital dissection is usually required for a conclusive identification.


The larvae produce a Phyllonorycter-like mine and later go on to produce one or more successive leaf cones.

Wingspan: 9-10mm
Foodplant(s): birches (Betula spp.)
Flying: Two generations, May and August
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common


Heaths and open woodland.

Regional Information

Recorded in 42 (15.6%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in August 2023

Recorded date range (Adult): 12 April to 31 August

Recorded date range (Larva/Leafmine): 02 July to 14 November

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