Phyllonorycter emberizaepenella

    Alt Name
    Large Midget

    Wingspan 9 to 10 mm. This is one of several similar looking species but can be identified with care.

    Identification difficulty

    Adult Leafmine

    ID guidance

    Leafmine occurs on Honeysuckle, Snowberry and Himalayan Honeysuckle.


    Anywhere that the larval foodplants are found.

    When to see it

    The moth is bivoltine, being in flight in May and August.

    Life History

    The larval foodplants are Honeysuckle, Snowberry and occasionally Flowering Nutmeg. The underside mines formed are large and cause the leaf to become creased. Mines are found in July and again in September and October.

    UK Status

    Although this moth is found widely throughout Britain, it tends to be found locally and is seldom common. 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).

    15.076 BF354

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map