Phyllonorycter blancardella

Alternative names
Brown Apple Midget

Wingspan 6 to 9 mm. A fairly variable species, with the white streaks sometimes joining together to form more complete markings, and often with a dusky sprinkling of blackish scales on the orange ground colour.

Identification difficulty

Where Apple trees are found.

When to see it

The adults emerge in May, and again in August.

Life History

The larvae feed on the leaves of Apple (Malus), creating a blotch mine usually between two veins.

UK Status

The species is quite commonly distributed in England and Wales, scarcer in southern Scotland and Ireland. 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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