The Moths of Suffolk
345 Phyllonorycter rajella, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Wet woodland, fens, hedgerows

Flight Period : Double-brooded; May and August

Larval foodplants : Alder (Alnus)

Morley's Final Catalogue : P. strigulatella and P. rajella not distinguished in Morley's time - Common about alders. Belstead, Ipswich, Sproughton, Bromeswell, bred (Whit.); Hacheston (Hkr); Leiston (Grey); Lowestoft (Bd). West Stow (Mly).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 7-9mm


Confusion species
    AdultPhyllonorycter salicicolellaPhyllonorycter dubitella
Phyllonorycter cavellaPhyllonorycter ulicicolella
Phyllonorycter scopariellaPhyllonorycter maestingella
Phyllonorycter coryli, Nut Leaf Blister MothPhyllonorycter esperella
Phyllonorycter strigulatellaPhyllonorycter distentella
Phyllonorycter anderidaePhyllonorycter quinqueguttella
    Leaf-minePhyllonorycter strigulatella
Phyllonorycter froelichiella
Phyllonorycter kleemannella

Compare confusion species

Leaf-mine occurrence

Life history chart
pupa pupa pupa pupa pupaimago ova larvapupa ovapupaimago ovalarva larvapupa pupa pupa

Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (3.ix.2013) © Neil Sherman