The Moths of Suffolk
341 Phyllonorycter maestingella, (Müller, 1764)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Hedgerows, woodland, scrub, parks

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

Larval foodplants : Beech (Fagus sylvatica)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Very frequent with us wherever copper or ordinary beech occurs. Tattingstone, Ipswich, Bramford (Mly) Dunwich, Minsmere, &c bred (Whit.) Glemham Magna (Bloomf.) Leiston (Grey).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 7.5-9mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultPhyllonorycter salicicolellaPhyllonorycter dubitella
Phyllonorycter cavellaPhyllonorycter ulicicolella
Phyllonorycter scopariellaPhyllonorycter coryli, Nut Leaf Blister Moth
Phyllonorycter esperellaPhyllonorycter strigulatella
Phyllonorycter rajellaPhyllonorycter distentella
Phyllonorycter anderidaePhyllonorycter quinqueguttella
    Leaf-minePhyllonorycter messaniella

Compare confusion species
    Adult
    Leaf-mine

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Leafmine on Beech - Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk (9.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 beech - Hadleigh, Suffolk (23.ix.2006) © A Prichard
Leafmine on beech - Hadleigh, Suffolk (23.ix.2006) © A Prichard
Leafmine on Beech - Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk (9.x.2006) © A Prichard