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Phyllonorycter trifasciella
Honeysuckle Midget (Haworth, 1828)
Gracillariidae: Lithocolletinae
361 / 15.083
Photo © Raymond A Watson,  Hollesley, Suffolk.

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Wingspan: 7-8mm
Flight: Three Gens. May, Aug, Nov.
Foodplant:   Honeysuckle, Himalayan Honeysuckle, Snow Berry
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1  Mine: L

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Usually common on honeysuckle. One at Ipswich on 22 July 1898 (Pyett); common at Bentley, Nacton, Hemley, Eyke, 1931-5, bred (Whit.); Leiston (Grey); in cop. among honeysuckle in Monks Soham garden as late as 5 October 1915 (Mly).

Recent Status: A common species in Suffolk.

Life Style: A triple brooded species that has been found during every month of the year. It is thought that the adult moth over winters. The larvae feed on Lonicera, Symphoricarpos and Leycesteria. They pupate within a chamber in the larval habitation.

Identification: The moth has a very distinctive patterning that cannot be mistaken.
The larvae create a distinctive blister blotch on the underside of a leaf that at maturity is large and folded diagonally across the mine causing considerable distortion of the leaf. There are prominent creases and the exposed lower epidermis is white. More Info

Verification Grade Comment: Photo/leaf or examine puparium cremasters

Mine: Either the leaf or a good photograph required

Recorded in 33 (57%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1898.
Last Recorded in 2020.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
17/10/2020+26TL77 - Mildenhall
10/10/2020+25TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
10/10/2020+25TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
04/10/2020+26TM04 - Hadleigh
11/09/2020+26TL95 - Bradfield/Hitcham
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