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0321 ~ Phyllonorycter messaniella
UK Status

Resident. Found commonly throughout the southern half of the British Isles.

Montgomeryshire Status

Infrequently recorded.

Wingspan :   M & F, 7-9mm.

Confusion species

Many species of Phyllonorycter are extremely similar, great care should be given when separating these species. It is often impossible to separate the adults of some species.
Flight time & Voltinity (Continuous)


Wherever the foodplant is found.


Oak, hornbeam, sweet chestnut and beech.

Lifestage data

Leaf miner. Eggs laid on underside of leaf. Larva forms a gallery which can be between 19 to 14mm long. Pupates in a flimsy cocoon formed at one side of the mine.
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Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by GBC, 18th Oct 2015, Lake Vyrnwy

Photo by DB, 2nd Oct 2014, Commins Coch