Phyllonorycter corylifoliella

Alternative names
Hawthorn Midget

Wingspan 8 to 9 mm. The orangey coloured adult is weakly marked in comparison to some of its congeners.

Identification difficulty

Adult Leafmine

ID guidance

Leafmine occurs on Hawthorn (and also on Apple, Cherry and others).


Found in various habitats.

When to see it

Adults are at large in May and again in July/August.

Life History

Slightly unusually among Phyllonorycters, this species feeds on a fairly wide range of foodplants. Most other British species, apart from P. leucographella, are specific to one species (or at least genus) of foodplant. The mine is also unusual, in that it is found on the upperside of the leaf, and has a "double" mine within a mine, the outer mine being translucent and flecked with brown. Typical foodplants are Hawthorn (Crataegus), Apple (Malus) and various Sorbus species such as Mountain Ash. The mine can be found in July and September to October.

UK Status

The species is widely scattered throughout the British Isles. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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

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