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Phyllonorycter messaniella
Garden Midget (Zeller, 1846)
Gracillariidae: Lithocolletinae
321 / 15.040
Photo © Rob Lee

Similar Norfolk Species
Common Oak Midget
Phyllonorycter quercifoliella
London Midget
Phyllonorycter platani
Wingspan: 7-9mm
Season: all months of the year.
Foodplant:   Oak, Sweet Chestnut, Beech, Hornbeam, Birch, Plum, Apple
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2  Mine: A
Norfolk Status
Widespread and common.
More or less continuously brooded.

Note the length of the wing streak barley reaches the middle of the wing. The streak in the similar Phyllonorycter quercifoliella extends to almost two-thirds.

Leaf-mine: March - April, July, October

Verification Grade Comment: Mine: Accept if on Evergreen Oak, if not then rear through

Recorded in 59 (86%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1874.
Last Recorded in 2019.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
09/10/2019+27TG13 - Baconsthorpe
05/10/2019+28TF83 - N.Creake/Syderstone
04/10/2019227TG21 - N.Norwich/Spixworth
28/09/2019+27TG23 - N.Walsham/Roughton
21/09/2019+28TL99 - Thompson/Gt.Hocking
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