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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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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