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15.014 ~ 0293 ~ Gracillaria syringella ~ Common Slender
UK Status

Resident. Abundant throughout the British Isles.

Montgomeryshire Status

Fairly common, especially on the eastern side of the county.

Wingspan :   M & F, 10-13mm.

Confusion species

C. cuculipennella.
Flight time & Voltinity (Bivoltine)


Woodlands and gardens.


Privet, ash and lilac.

Lifestage data

Leaf miner. Eggs laid along midrib of leaf. Larva forms a narrow gallery which develops into a blotch, then a cone is formed from which they feed within. Pupates in a whitish cocoon spun under the leaf or in the litter.
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by MDH, 21st Aug 2009, Llanfyllin

Photo by MDH, 22nd Apr 2011, Llanfyllin