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Phyllonorycter kuhlweiniella
Scarce Oak Midget (Zeller, 1839)
Gracillariidae: Lithocolletinae
319 / 15.038
Photo © Dave Appleton,  06/05/2014 - Whitwell Common (one of 71 on Oak trunks)

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Similar Norfolk Species
White Oak Midget
Phyllonorycter harrisella
Pale Oak Midget
Phyllonorycter heegeriella
Wingspan: 7.5-9mm
Flight: May. July - Aug.
Foodplant:   Oak
Nat Status: pRDB3
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3  Mine: R
Norfolk Status

Scattered records in the past. Last recorded in Cambs in 1949 until 1982 when rediscovered to be well established in South Lopham area of Norfolk.

Two adults collected by day, resting on Oak tree trunks, at Syderstone Common (VC28) in April 2014. (D. Appleton, 24/04/14). Several more sightings in spring 2014. Three new site records in 2016.

Leaf-mine: similar but slightly larger than P. heegeriella


Verification Grade Comment: Mine: Reared or puparium cremasters examined.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Mine: Moth needs to be reared and, in some cases, possibly dissected.

Recorded in 19 (28%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1932.
Last Recorded in 2020.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
30/05/2020127TG10 - Wymondham/Cringleford
24/05/2020127TG11 - Drayton/Swannington
19/05/2020127TG10 - Wymondham/Cringleford
18/05/2020128TF93 - Fakenham/Walsingham
18/05/2020128TF91 - Dereham
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