Firethorn Leaf Miner - Phyllonorycter leucographella

    Description

    Wingspan 7 to 9 mm. Resemble other Phyllonorycter species, with a buff ground colour and whitish chevrons. Often easier to find the leaf mine which can be on Firethorn (Pyrocantha) plus a number of other plant species including Hawthorn, Apple, London Plane and Cotoneaster. The mine is usually on the upper side, silvery in appearance and over the midrib

    Identification difficulty

    Adult Leafmine if on Firethorn (care if on other species).

    ID guidance

    Leafmine occurs on Firethorn, Hawthorn and several other species.

    http://www.leafmines.co.uk/html/Lepidoptera/P.leucographella.htm

    Habitat

    In gardens and other suburban habitats.

    When to see it

    Having a number of generations, the adults can be found between April and October.

    Life History

    As a larva, it mines the leaves of rosaceous bushes, but mainly those of Firethorn. It forms a blotch in the centre of a leaf, leaving a thin membrane through which the larva can be seen, being whitish with black blotches.

    UK Status

    Now fairly common in parts of England. Discovered in Essex in 1989, this species has spread rapidly northwards through England to parts of north Yorkshire. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant).

    Reference
    15.053 BF332a

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map