Parornix anglicella

    Alternative names
    Hawthorn Slender

    Wingspan 9 to11 mm. Like other members of the genus, this species is very difficult to identify as an adult, and genitalia examination is recommended to be certain.

    Identification difficulty

    Adult Leafmine

    ID guidance

    Leafmine occurs on Hawthorn (also on Wild Service Tree)


    Various habitats, but particularly near hedgerows and areas with Hawthorn.

    When to see it

    The adult moths are on the wing in two generations, during April and May and again in August.

    Life History

    The larval foodplant is Hawthorn, and the mine characteristics are quite distinctive. In its later stages, the larva folds over a leaf lobe to form a diagnostic cone.

    UK Status

    Widespread and frequent in Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant).

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

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