Phyllonorycter spinicolella

    Alt Name
    Sloe Midget

    Wingspan 6 to 8 mm. The adult moths are very similar in appearance to P. cerasicolella and the two species are best separated on the basis of foodplant, or by genitalia dissection.

    Identification difficulty

    Adult Leafmine

    ID guidance

    Leafmine occurs on Blackthorn and Cherry.


    Areas where the larval foodplants occur.

    When to see it

    The moths fly in two generations, in May and August.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) or sometimes Wild Plum (Prunus domestica). On Blackthorn the mines are narrow and cause the leaf to pucker strongly, often folding right over, and being whitish can resemble those of the blackthorn-feeding Parornix species.

    UK Status

    A common and widespread species throughout most of the British Isles. 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. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

    15.049 BF329

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map