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Phyllonorycter blancardella
Brown Apple Midget Fabricius, 1781
Gracillariidae: Lithocolletinae
326 / 15.046
Photo © Trevor And Dilys Pendleton

Similar Norfolk Species
Red Apple Midget
Phyllonorycter hostis
Common Thorn Midget
Phyllonorycter oxyacanthae
Wingspan: 6-8.5mm
Flight: Two Generations. May and Aug.
Foodplant:   Apple, crab-apple.
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4  Mine: R
Norfolk Status
Variable species, white streaks sometimes joining together.

Leaf-mine: June - July, September - October
Mine difficult to distinguish between P. Hostis and P. blancardella. Must be reared to confirm.

Verification Grade Comment: Mine: must be bred to rule out other Apple feeders inc P. Hostis

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

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

Recorded in 29 (42%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1874.
Last Recorded in 2019.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
07/07/2019128TF81 - Castle Acre/Litcham
24/05/2019127TG13 - Baconsthorpe
01/05/2019127TG14 - Sheringham
22/04/2019127TG13 - Baconsthorpe
20/04/2019127TG13 - Baconsthorpe
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