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15.049 ~ 0329 ~ Phyllonorycter spinicolella
UK Status

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

Montgomeryshire Status

Recorded from scattered sites across the county.

Wingspan :   M & F, 6.5-7.5mm.

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.


Blackthorn and wild plum.

Lifestage data

Leaf miner. Eggs laid on underside of leaf. Larva forms a gallery between the veins 5-10mm long. Pupates in a white silk lined chamber within the mine.
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by PRW, 15th Aug 2007, Commins Coch

Photo by DB, 15th Oct 2013, Middletown.
Leaf mine on blackthorn