The Moths of Suffolk
315 Phyllonorycter harrisella, (Linnaeus, 1761)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local, probably under-recorded

Habitats : Woodland, scrub and hedgerows

Flight Period : Double-brooded; May to June and late July to August, literature mentions that second brood can extend into November

Larval foodplants : deciduous oak (Quercus)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Bentley (Pyett), abundant on oaks in the woods there in both May and July, as well as in Assington Thicks, Parham, Darsham, Rendham, Henstead, Blythbro, Aspall (Mly); Aldeburgh in 1928 and Flixton (Ctw); Leiston (Grey). Monks-park wood and West Stow (Mly).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 7-9mm


Confusion species
    AdultPhyllonorycter heegeriella
Phyllonorycter tenerella
Phyllonorycter kuhlweiniella
    Leaf-minePhyllonorycter harrisellaPhyllonorycter roboris
Phyllonorycter heegeriellaPhyllonorycter kuhlweiniella
Phyllonorycter quercifoliellaPhyllonorycter messaniella
Phyllonorycter muelleriellaPhyllonorycter lautella

Compare confusion species

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Eye, Suffolk (31.v.2009) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
100 55 66 77

Life history chart
pupa pupa pupa pupaimago ovaimago ovalarva larvapupa ovapupaimago ovalarvaimago larvapupa pupa pupa

Further Photographs

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Norfolk (12.viii.2009) © Lee Gregory