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Phyllonorycter messaniella
Garden Midget (Zeller, 1846)
Gracillariidae: Lithocolletinae
321 / 15.040
Photo © Graham Moates,  Ashwellthorpe 29/01/2019

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Similar Norfolk Species
Common Oak Midget
Phyllonorycter quercifoliella
London Midget
Phyllonorycter platani
Wingspan: 7-9mm
Flight: 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 60 (87%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1874.
Last Recorded in 2020.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
17/10/2020+28TF93 - Fakenham/Walsingham
13/10/2020128TF63 - Snettisham/Dersingham
13/10/2020227TG13 - Baconsthorpe
12/10/2020128TF63 - Snettisham/Dersingham
04/10/2020127TG13 - Baconsthorpe
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