Parornix finitimella

    Alt Name
    Pointed Slender
    Description

    Wingspan around 10 mm. Like other Parornix species, the adults of P. finitimella are difficult to identify and are best determined by the structure of the genitalia.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Various habitats especially where Blackthorn is present.

    When to see it

    There are two generations, flying in May and again in August.

    Life History

    The larval foodplant, Blackthorn is shared with the similar Deltaornix torquillella and the mines are difficult to distinguish. The larvae however are different; P. finitimella is greyish with black rings on the legs, whereas D. torquillella is usually pale green with concolorous legs.

    UK Status

    Distributed in the southern half of England and Wales, ranging northwards to Yorkshire. 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).

    Reference
    15.032 BF308

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map