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332a Firethorn Leaf Miner Phyllonorycter leucographella

(Zeller, 1850)

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Using datasets:
Wicken Fen nature reserve species data held by The National Trust: National Trust
BRERC April 2013: Bristol Regional Environmental Records Centre
GiGL professional survey records (Historic): Greenspace Information for Greater London
GiGL professional survey records (Last 10 years): Greenspace Information for Greater London
Herefordshire Biological Records Centre Species Records: Herefordshire Biological Records Centre
St Helens Wildlife Dataset: St Helens Wildlife Recording Group
Sheffield Biological Records Centre- Non-sensitive Records from all taxonomic groups. : Sheffield Biological Records Centre
Patrick Roper's Notebooks: Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre
Rotherham Biological Records Centre - Non-sensitive Records from all taxonomic groups: Rotherham Biological Records Centre
Lepidoptera: Moths: Records for Kent: Kent & Medway Biological Records Centre
Species Recorded in Somerset: Somerset Environmental Records Centre
Bedfordshire Micro Moths (BNHS) - 1820-2013: Bedfordshire and Luton Biodiversity Recording and Monitoring Centre
RHS monitoring of native and naturalised plants and animals at its gardens and surrounding areas: Royal Horticultural Society
Records for Fife Nature Records Centre: Fife Nature Records Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre. Lepidoptera Observation Records. Pre-2010 for Cumbria : Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Lincolnshire Moths: Greater Lincolnshire Nature Partnership
Shropshire Ecological Data Network Database: Shropshire Ecological Data Network
Merseyside BioBank Active Naturalists (unverified): Merseyside BioBank
Welsh Invertebrate Database (WID): Natural Resources Wales
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust - Non-sensitive records from all taxonomic groups: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Invertebrate Site Register - England (1738-2005).: Natural England
Suffolk Biological Records Centre (SBRC) dataset: Suffolk Biological Records Centre
WBRC Species data for Worcestershire collated by date.: Worcestershire Biological Records Centre
Microlepidoptera of Glamorgan: South East Wales Biodiversity Records Centre
Micro-moths distribution for Dumfries and Galloway: Dumfries and Galloway Environmental Resources Centre
SER Species-based Surveys: Staffordshire Ecological Record
Sussex Moth data for 2011 and 2012 DEFRA FUNDED: Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre

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15.053 BF332a
Firethorn Leaf Miner Phyllonorycter leucographella

(Zeller, 1850)

Wingspan 7-9 mm.

Discovered in Essex in 1989, this species has spread rapidly northwards through England to parts of north Yorkshire, and is now fairly common in gardens and other suburban habitats.

As a larva, it mines the leaves of rosaceous bushes, but mainly those of firethorn (Pyracantha). It forms a blotch in the centre of a leaf, leaving a thin membrane through which the larva can be seen, being whitish with black blotches.

Having a number of generations, the adults can be found between April and October, and resemble other Phyllonorycter species, with a buff ground colour and whitish 'chevrons'.

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