Parornix devoniella

    Alternative names
    Hazel Slender

    Wingspan 9 to 10 mm. All the Parornix species have a distinctive resting posture with the front part of the body raised on the forelegs, and a slightly upcurved rear.

    Identification difficulty

    Adult Leafmine


    Wherever Hazel is plentiful.

    When to see it

    The moths fly in two generations, firstly in May and again in August.

    Life History

    The larvae of this species feed on Hazel (Corylus avellana), initially creating a squarish blotch on the underside, and then folding over the edge of the same, or a nearby leaf.

    UK Status

    The species is relatively common wherever its foodplant is found. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    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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    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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