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Phyllocnistis citrella
Citrus Leaf-miner Stainton,1856
Gracillariidae: Phyllocnistinae
366b / 15.0931
Photo © Rob Edmunds,  Downham Market 2020-02-01

Similar Norfolk Species: None
Wingspan: 4mm
Foodplant:   Citrus spp.
Nat Status: Adventive
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3  Mine: L
Norfolk Status
Lepidopterous pest of Citrus trees in Europe. Infested Citrus trees are normally intercepted at the port of entry to the UK.

Mines have been detected by the Plant Health and Seed Inspectorate (PHSE) on many occasions in England and Wales, apparently first recorded in England on Citrus hystrix leaves imported from Thailand in 1991.

Added to the British list after moths were bred through from mines found on lemon trees at a garden centre in Burford, Oxfordshire on the 7th October 2012.

New for Norfolk in 2016 when moths were bred from mines found on lemon plants at a garden centre in Rollesby (S. Wright, 14/09/2016)
Tenanted mines also found at Bressingham garden centre in 2016 (B. Heckford, S. Beavan, 02/10/16)

Vacated mines where found in VC28 for the first time in December 2019 in a pack of clementines from a local supermarket at Downham Market (R. Edmunds, 15/12/19) This was followed by several supermarket records throughout Norfolk and the UK. So far only vacated mines have been found in supermarket clementines.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Mine: Either the leaf or a good photograph required

Recorded in 8 (12%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2016.
Last Recorded in 2020.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
15/02/2020+28TF80 - Swaffham
01/02/2020628TF60 - Downham/Fincham
21/01/2020128TF60 - Downham/Fincham
16/01/2020128TF62 - King's Lynn/Dersingham
15/01/2020127TG31 - Horning/Hoveton
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