The Moths of Suffolk
368 Phyllocnistis unipunctella, (Stephens, 1843)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Plantations, woodland, scrub, hedgerows, gardens, open country

Flight Period : Double-brooded; July and September to April, overwintering

Larval foodplants : Black Poplar (Populus nigra) or Lombardy Poplar (Populus nigra var italica)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Usually common on poplar. Leiston (Grey); Hacheston(Hkr); Swefling (Bloomf.); Brandon (Barrett). Euston, bred in 1932; Mildenhall and Ipswich (Whit). South Cove in 1937.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 7-8mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultPhyllocnistis saligna
Phyllocnistis xenia
    Leaf-minePhyllocnistis xenia

Compare confusion species
    Adult
    Leaf-mine

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Eye, Suffolk (6.vi.2007) © Paul Kitchener

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Leafmine on poplar - Cavenham Heath, Suffolk (9.ix.2006) © A Prichard

Leaf-mine occurrence
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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less common underside mine on poplar - Newbourne Springs, Suffolk (1.ix.2007) © A Prichard
mine on poplar - Newbourne Springs, Suffolk (1.ix.2007) © A Prichard
mine on poplar - Newbourne Springs, Suffolk (1.ix.2007) © A Prichard
 
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mine on poplar - unusual pupation sites in middle of leaf - Newbourne Springs, Suffolk (1.ix.2007) © A Prichard
Eye, Suffolk (21.viii.2008) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2008) © Neil Sherman
 
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Over wintering adult flying in sunshine - Lakenheath Fen RSPB, Suffolk (10.iii.2014) © Lee Gregory