Parornix fagivora

    Alt Name
    Beech Slender
    Description

    Wingspan 9 or 10 mm. Adult moth has an ochreous or fawn tinge to the pale markings and lack of definition in the pattern. The larva creates a mine on the leaves of Beech. The early mine is a blotch with upper epidermis turning brown. Then a fold at the leaf edge or tip of the leaf.

    Identification difficulty

    Adult Leafmine

    ID guidance
    Habitat

    Wherever Beech is present.

    When to see it

    Leaf mine may be encountered between July and September.

    Life History

    Larva mines leaves of Beech, subsequently living within a leaf-fold, over-wintering as a pupa in a cocoon.

    UK Status

    A rather local species in Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

    VC55 Status

    It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

    Reference
    15.026 BF302

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map