Phyllonorycter blancardella

    Alt Name
    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).

    15.046 BF326

    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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