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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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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