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Phyllonorycter messaniella
Ilex Leaf-miner (Zeller, 1846)
Gracillariidae: Lithocolletinae
321 / 15.040
Photo © Chris McGaw,  22/09/2018 - The Grange

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Common Oak Leaf-miner
Phyllonorycter quercifoliella
Plane Leaf-miner
Phyllonorycter platani
Wingspan: 7-9mm
Flight: all months of the year.
Foodplant:   Oak, Sweet Chestnut, Beech, Hornbeam, Birch, Plum, Apple
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2  Mine: A
Status
Widespread and common.
More or less continuously brooded.

Note the length of the wing streak barley reaches the middle of the wing. The streak in the similar Phyllonorycter quercifoliella extends to almost two-thirds.

Leaf-mine: March - April, July, October

Verification Grade Comment: Mine: Accept if on Evergreen Oak, if not then rear through

Recorded in 60 (81%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1874.
Last Recorded in 2024.

Latest 10 Records
Date#VC10kArea
01/06/2024+27TG11Horsford
28/05/2024128TF74Titchwell
06/05/2024127TG04Cley next the Sea
05/05/2024128TF91Dereham 
18/04/2024127TG51Scratby
18/04/2024328TF90Carbrooke
11/04/2024528TF64Hunstanton Park / Ringstead
23/03/2024428TL99Rockland St Peter
28/11/2023128TL79Mundford
22/11/2023+28TF83Syderstone
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