Phyllonorycter harrisella

Alternative names
White Oak Midget

Wingspan 7-9 mm. A leaf-mining species which tends to show narrower and less distinct chevrons on the forewing than many of its close relatives. Some forms have a very greyish appearance with indistinct markings.

Identification difficulty

Around areas with Oak

When to see it

On the wing in May and June and again in the autumn.

Life History

The larvae feed on Oak forming a blotch-like leaf mine.

UK Status

It is fairly common over much of Britain but less so in Ireland. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Occasional or under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant)

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