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

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