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Phyllonorycter messaniella
Ilex Leaf-miner (Zeller, 1846)
Gracillariidae: Lithocolletinae
321 / 15.040
Photo © Lynnette Nicholson, Mark Golley,  09/09/2023 - Cley

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Common Oak Leaf-miner
Phyllonorycter quercifoliella
Plane Leaf-miner
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
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 61 (82%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1874.
Last Recorded in 2024.
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