Phyllonorycter joannisi

    Alt Name
    White-bodied Midget, Phyllonorycter platanoidella
    Description

    Wingspan 7 to 8 mm. In common with other Acer-feeding Phyllonorycters, this species is mostly white with yellowish or brownish markings edged black.

    Identification difficulty

    Adult Leafmine

    ID guidance
    Habitat

    In areas where the larval foodplant Norway Maple is present.

    When to see it

    May and August are the flight periods for the two generations of adults.

    Life History

    The foodplant is Norway maple (Acer platanoides), the larval mine being a fairly large roundish blotch on the underside of the leaf.

    UK Status

    The species is commonest in south-east England, but is expanding northwards and has recently been found as far north as Yorkshire. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records (though it may be on the increase). L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

    Reference
    15.085 BF363

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map