Gracillariidae : Lithocolletinae
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Immature stages

Similar Suffolk Species
Phyllonorycter acerifoliella
Maple Midget
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Phyllonorycter joannisi
White-bodied Midget

Joannis, 1920363 / 15.085
=Phyllonorycter platanoidella

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Common everywhere, on under-side of maple-leaves. Ipswich and Whitton (Pyett), Aspall, &c. (Mly) Glemham Parva (Bloomf).

Recent Status: Fairly well recorded in Suffolk. Morley’s comments refer to both P. acerifoliella and P. joannisi.

Life Style: A double brooded species that can be found from May to September. The larvae feed on Acer platanoides. They pupate in a cocoon in the larval habitation. They pass the winter in the pupal stage.

Identification: P. acerifoliella and P. joannisi are very similar white winged species with broad dark edged ochre fascia. They may be distinguished by two characters. The angle made by the first fascia is 90 degrees for P. acerifoliella. It is obtuse for P. joannisi. The short basal striae are placed roughly opposite in P. acerifoliella. They are clearly alternate in P. joannisi.
The larvae of P. joannisi create a white blister blotch between veins, underneath and away from the leaf edge. More Info

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 40 (69%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2000.
Last Recorded in 2021.
Additional Stats

Phyllonorycter acerifoliella  |  Phyllonorycter geniculella >

List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
29/11/2021+25TM58 - Carlton Colville/Kessingland
30/10/2021+26TL76 - Kentford/Dalham
30/10/2021+26TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
10/10/2021+25TM59 - Lowestoft
30/09/2021+26TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
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Wingspan: 8mm
Flight: Two Generations. May and Aug.
Foodplant:   Norway Maple
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3  Mine: A
 Immature Adult
Underlying maps using Digital Map Data © Norfolk Online Lepidoptera Archive - NOLA™ - Suffolk 2022. © James Wheeler - Norfolk Moths 2007 - 2022. Data © NOLA™ - Suffolk 2022
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