The Moths of Suffolk
343 Phyllonorycter esperella, Goeze, 1783

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and not uncommon

Habitats : Woodland, hedgerows and scrub

Flight Period : Double-brooded; May and August

Larval foodplants : Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Holbrook in 1933 and Wetheringset in 1934; bred (Whit).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 7.5-9mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultPhyllonorycter salicicolellaPhyllonorycter dubitella
Phyllonorycter cavellaPhyllonorycter ulicicolella
Phyllonorycter scopariellaPhyllonorycter maestingella
Phyllonorycter coryli, Nut Leaf Blister MothPhyllonorycter strigulatella
Phyllonorycter rajellaPhyllonorycter distentella
Phyllonorycter anderidaePhyllonorycter quinqueguttella
    Leaf-mineParornix fagivora
Phyllonorycter tenerella

Compare confusion species
    Adult
    Leaf-mine

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Upperside blotch mine on Hornbeam - Theberton, Suffolk (18.ix.2006) © A Prichard

Leaf-mine occurrence
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Upperside blotch mine on Hornbeam - Theberton, Suffolk (18.ix.2006) © A Prichard
Upperside blotch mine on Hornbeam - Theberton, Suffolk (18.ix.2006) © A Prichard
Early upperside blotch mine on Hornbeam - Theberton, Suffolk (18.ix.2006) © A Prichard