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0450 ~ Scythropia crataegella
UK Status

Resident. A common species found in southern England and some parts of Wales.

Montgomeryshire Status

First recorded in 2013 at Middletown in the east of the county. This was the very first record for north Wales.

Wingspan :   M & F 5-7.5mm.

Confusion species

A fairly distinctive species.
Flight time & Voltinity (Bivoltine.)


Woodland margins and hedgerows.


Hawthorn, blackthorn. plum, small-leaved cotoneaster.

Lifestage data

Leaf miner/web forming. Eggs laid on twig. Larva first mines leaf forming small holes, then feeds communally under a web. Overwinters as larva. Pupates in spring without a cocoon in the web.
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Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by DB, 2nd July 2013, Middletown

Photo by SOS, 11th July 2019, Hirnant
Larvae nest