Phyllonorycter cerasicolella

    Alternative names
    Cherry Midget

    Wingspan 7 to 8 mm.

    Identification difficulty

    Adult Leafmine

    ID guidance

    Leafmine occurs on Wild Cherry and Dwarf Cherry


    In areas where the larval foodplants occur.

    When to see it

    In common with a number of other Phyllonorycter species, the species is bivoltine, with adults flying in May and again in August.

    Life History

    The larva feeds in a blotch on the underside of a leaf of Cherry (Prunus spp.), including cultivated versions as well as Wild Cherry (Prunus avium) and Dwarf Cherry (Prunus cerasus).

    UK Status

    Distributed mainly in the southern half on England where this species can be locally frequent at times. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

    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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