Phyllonorycter tenerella

Alternative names
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).

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

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