The Moths of Suffolk
321 Phyllonorycter messaniella, (Zeller, 1846)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Woodland, Scrub, hedgerows and fens

Flight Period : More or less continuously brooded; mainly April to May, August and late October to November

Larval foodplants : Evergreen oak (Quercus ilex), deciduous oak (Quercus), Sweet Chestnut (Castanea sativa), Beech (Fagus sylvatica), Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus), birch (Betula), plum (Prunus) or apple (Malus)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Very commonly beaten from birch and oak in Bentley Woods during May and June 1897-1934 (Mly); Holbrook and plentiful about Ipswich, bred at Shrubland from Spanish chestnut in 1934 (Whit.); common in ilex at Glemham Magna and Leiston (Bloomf.); Mildenhall in 1934 (Mly).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 7-9mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultPhyllonorycter quercifoliella
Phyllonorycter platani
    Leaf-mineParornix fagivoraPhyllonorycter harrisella
Phyllonorycter harrisellaPhyllonorycter roboris
Phyllonorycter heegeriellaPhyllonorycter kuhlweiniella
Phyllonorycter quercifoliellaPhyllonorycter muelleriella
Phyllonorycter maestingellaPhyllonorycter lautella

Compare confusion species
    Adult
    Leaf-mine

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Eye, Suffolk (30.v.2009) © Paul Kitchener

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Leafmine on Sweet Chestnut - Felixstowe, Suffolk (16.x.2006) © A Prichard

Flight chart
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Leaf-mine occurrence
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Leafmine on Sweet Chestnut - Felixstowe, Suffolk (16.x.2006) © A Prichard