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Phyllonorycter esperella
Dark Hornbeam Midget Goeze, 1783
Gracillariidae: Lithocolletinae
343 / 15.065
Photo © Stewart Wright,  12/09/2020 - Africa Alive!, Kessingland

Similar Suffolk Species
Nut-leaf Blister Moth
Phyllonorycter coryli
Wingspan: 7.5-9mm
Flight: Two Generations. May and Aug.
Foodplant:   Hornbeam
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4  Mine: A

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Holbrook in 1933'and Wetheringset in 1934; bred (Whit).

Recent Status: Commonly recorded in Suffolk.

Life Style: A double brooded species that has been recorded during May and August. The larvae feed on Carpinus. They pupate in the larval habitation. The pupal stage passes the winter.

Identification: The moth is a classically patterned Phyllonorycter species with narrow costal and dorsal marks characterised by the first costal mark narrowly extending along the costa towards the wing base.
The larvae create a blister blotch on the upper surface of a leaf causing it eventually to fold upwards. More Info

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Recorded in 34 (59%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1933.
Last Recorded in 2020.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
25/10/2020+26TL85 - Brockley/Alpheton
17/10/2020+26TL87 - Barnham/West Stow
10/10/2020+25TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
29/09/2020625TM59 - Lowestoft
12/09/2020+25TM58 - Carlton Colville/Kessingland
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