Phyllonorycter trifasciella

Alternative names
Honeysuckle Midget

Wingspan 7-8 mm. This species has a banded patterning of chestnut, off white and dark browns.

Identification difficulty

Adult Leafmine


Woodland and hedgerows.

When to see it

This species is unusual among Phyllonorycters in having three generations, with adults on the wing in November, as well as the usual May and August periods.

Life History

The foodplant is Honeysuckle, though occasionally Snowberry and Himalayan Honeysuckle are used. The mine is quite distinctive, occupying a large part of a leaf and causing it to fold and twist into a conical shape. The mines can be quite abundant where it is found.

UK Status

A common and widespread species throughout the British Isles. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Uncommon or under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded)

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

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