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Phyllonorycter comparella
Winter Poplar Midget (Duponchel, 1843)
Gracillariidae: Lithocolletinae
365 / 15.087
Photo © Antony Wren,  Adult emerged from mine on White Poplar

Similar Norfolk Species
Maple Midget
Phyllonorycter acerifoliella
White-bodied Midget
Phyllonorycter joannisi
Wingspan: 8mm
Flight: Aug. Oct - May (overwintering)
Foodplant:   White Poplar, Grey Poplar
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce A
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3  Mine: A
Norfolk Status
Nationally scarce (Na) in damp woodland throughout England where the foodplant poplar (Populus) occurs.

Leaf-mine: Mine on the underside of leaf. Mines do not distort the leaves much but usually there is a paler mottling on the upperside of the leaf.

First Norfolk record of mines on Grey Poplar ( Populus canescens ) found at Weeting Heath in 2013 ( I. Barton, K. Rosewarne, 18/08/2013) First for VC27, mine on White Poplar at Banham Zoo in 2020 (A. Wren, 11/10/2020)

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 6 (8%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2013.
Last Recorded in 2021.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
19/09/2021628TF80 - Swaffham
11/10/2020127TM08 - Banham/Lopham
17/09/2020+28TL79 - Methwold/Foulden
15/09/2019+28TL79 - Methwold/Foulden
12/09/2019+28TL79 - Methwold/Foulden
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