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15.043 ~ 0323 ~ Phyllonorycter oxyacanthae ~ Common Thorn Midget
UK Status

Resident. Widespread and common throughout the British Isles as far north as Wester Ross.

Montgomeryshire Status

Recorded from scattered sites from across the county.

Wingspan :   M & F, 6-8mm.

Confusion species

Many species of Phyllonorycter are extremely similar, great care should be given when separating these species. It is often impossible to separate the adults of some species.
Flight time & Voltinity (Bivoltine)


Wherever the foodplant is found.


Hawthorn, pear and quince.

Lifestage data

Leaf miner. Eggs laid on underside of leaf. Larva forms a gallery which causes the leaf edge to fold over. Pupates in a flimsy to almost absent brown cocoon within the mine.
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by MDH, 4th July 2011, Llanfyllin.
Male, confrmed by gen det.

Photo by DB, 19th Oct 2013, Middletown
Leaf mine on hawthorn