Phyllonorycter oxyacanthae

    Alternative names
    Common Thorn Midget

    Wingspan 6 to 8 mm. Best identified from the similar P. sorbi and P. mespilella by the foodplant, usually Hawthorn. Some more northern examples have rather more blackish suffusion in the wing.

    Identification difficulty

    Adult Leafmine

    ID guidance

    Leafmine occurs on Hawthorn (and occasionally Per or Quince).


    Various habitats particularly those where Hawthorn is plentiful.

    When to see it

    In common with other species, there are two generations, producing adults in May and in August.

    Life History

    The larval mine is a blotch on the underside of a leaf, often causing the edges of a lobe to curl under.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in most areas of Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

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

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