Gracillariidae : Lithocolletinae
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Photo © Raymond A Watson,  Hollesley 6 July 2020 gen det

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Phyllonorycter cerasicolella
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Phyllonorycter spinicolella
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(Zeller, 1846)329 / 15.049

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Locally abundant among Prunus. Hemlev in 1932, bred Whit.); Monks Soham paddock' (Mly).

Recent Status: Commonly recorded in Suffolk.

Life Style: A double brooded species that has been found from April till October. The larvae feed on Prunus spinosa and P. domestica. The fully grown autumn generation hibernate. They pupate in the larval habitation.

Identification: A classically marked Phyllonorycter species. The basal streak has a wiggle before it ends. The first dorsal mark is quite narrow and long with a bend. There are black scales centrally in the terminal third. P. cerasicolella and P. spinicolella adults can only be identified by genitalia dissection. More Info MBGBI also provides good images.
The larvae produce small blister blotches on the underside of leaves. British literature states that the Prunus species fed on by P. cerasicolella and P. spinicolella differ but this is not upheld by European literature.

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Recorded in 45 (78%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1932.
Last Recorded in 2020.
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Hollesley Suffolk. comparison of species - Raymond A Watson
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
25/10/2020+26TL85 - Brockley/Alpheton
10/10/2020+25TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
10/10/2020+25TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
04/10/2020+26TM04 - Hadleigh
12/09/2020+25TM58 - Carlton Colville/Kessingland
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Wingspan: 6.5-7.5mm
Flight: Two Generations. April to October
Foodplant:   Blackthorn, Wild Plum
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4  Mine: A
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