The Moths of Suffolk
333 Phyllonorycter salictella, (Zeller, 1846)

National Status : Common

Distribution and abundance : Rare, possibly under-recorded

Habitats : Fens, marshes and othe wet areas where smooth-leaved willows occur

Flight Period : Double-brooded; May to June and August

Larval foodplants : Osier (Salix viminalis), Crack Willow (Salix fragilis) or more rarely other Salix spp.

Records : Santon Downham (B Palmer, 1987-1989), West Stow (A M Emmet, 31.viii.1988)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Found to occur among sallow at Blaxhall (Harker), before 1890.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 7.5-8mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultPhyllonorycter corylifoliella
Phyllonorycter leucographella, Firethorn Leaf-miner
    Leaf-minePhyllonorycter viminetorum
Phyllonorycter salicicolella
Phyllonorycter dubitella
Phyllonorycter hilarella
Phyllonorycter quinqueguttella

Compare confusion species
    Adult
    Leaf-mine

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Reared from leaf mine found on Crack willow - Ipswich, Suffolk (19.viii.2013) © Neil Sherman