Phyllonorycter tenerella

    Alt Name
    Hornbeam Midget

    Wingspan 6 to 8 mm.

    Identification difficulty

    Adult Leafmine

    ID guidance

    Where Hornbeam, the larval foodplant occurs.

    When to see it

    The adults fly in two generations, in May then again during July and August.

    Life History

    The larva creates a narrow mine on the underside of a leaf of Hornbeam (Carpinus), which can be confused with other hornbeam feeding species.

    UK Status

    Distributed mainly in the south-east of England, P. tenerella has been occasionally found elsewhere, probably as an introduction with the foodplant. 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).

    15.037 BF318

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map