Phyllonorycter platani

    Alternative names
    London Midget

    Wingspan 8 to 10 mm. Similar to some other members of its family and care is needed with identification.

    Identification difficulty

    Adult Leafmine

    ID guidance

    Leafmine occurs on London Plane (and sometimes on Oriental Plane).


    Where London Plane trees are present.

    When to see it

    The moths fly in late April to May and in August.

    Life History

    The food plant of the larvae is London plane (Platanus x hispanica). It is because of this foodplant that the moth will inevitably have a more suburban distribution. The mines formed by this moth in October and November are large and very distinctive, with several mines often appearing on one leaf.

    UK Status

    Since its discovery in London in 1989, this species has slowly spread through the Southern counties of the UK and into the West Country and Midlands. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

    VC55 Status

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

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