Gracillariidae : Lithocolletinae
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Photo © Antony Wren,  Lowestoft, ex mine 11.4.20

Immature stages

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Phyllonorycter sorbi
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Phyllonorycter mespilella
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Phyllonorycter oxyacanthae
Common Thorn Midget

(Frey, 1856)323 / 15.043

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Frequent about hawthorn. Ipswich district 1930-4, bred (Whit.); Leiston (Grey); Lowestoft (Bd).

Recent Status: A common species in Suffolk.

Life Style: A double brooded species that can be found from April to September. The larvae feed on Crataegus, Pyrus, Cydonia vulgaris and Sorbus torminalis. They pupate in a light brown cocoon in the larval habitation. The pupal stage passes the winter.

Identification: The moth is a golden or darker brown with a basal streak, four small costal and three dorsal marks that are white edged black on the basal edges. The first two dorsal marks are large the third very small. P. oxyacanthae, P. sorbi and P. mespilella cannot be reliably separated without genitalia dissection. More Info
The larvae create a blister blotch on the underside of a leaf. There are many creases in the lower epidermis with a leaf edge folding over. More Info

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Recorded in 52 (90%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1930.
Last Recorded in 2021.
Additional Stats

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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
19/11/2021+25TM48 - Beccles/Brampton
11/11/2021+25TM59 - Lowestoft
30/10/2021+26TL76 - Kentford/Dalham
10/10/2021+25TM59 - Lowestoft
10/10/2021+25TM49 - Somerleyton/Beccles
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Wingspan: 6-8mm
Flight: Two Generations. May and Aug.
Foodplant:   Hawthorn, (pear, quince)
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4  Mine: A
 Immature Adult
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