Parornix torquillella

    Alt Name
    Blackthorn Slender, Deltaornix torquillella
    Description

    Wingspan 9 to 10 mm. The adults are difficult to separate from some Parornix species, especially Parornix finitimella, and genitalia examination is usually necessary to identify them.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Areas where Blackthorn is present.

    When to see it

    The moths fly from May to July, and are sometimes attracted to light.

    Life History

    The main foodplant of this species is Blackthorn in common with its close relative, Parornix finitimella. It is rather difficult to distinguish the two mines, but the larvae are quite different; the present species is green with green legs, P. finitimella grey with blackish legs.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain. 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 Possibly rarely recorded due to problems of identification.

    Reference
    15.033 BF309

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map