Moth name search:
UKMoths: your guide to the moths of Great Britain and Ireland

343 Phyllonorycter esperella

(Goeze, 1783)

Distribution Map

Using datasets:
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
WBRC Species data for Worcestershire collated by species group: Worcestershire Biological Records Centre
Lincolnshire Moths: Greater Lincolnshire Nature Partnership
Ickworth species data held by The National Trust.: National Trust
Anglesey Abbey wildlife species data held by The National Trust.: National Trust
Rotherham Biological Records Centre - Non-sensitive Records from all taxonomic groups: Rotherham Biological Records Centre
Welsh Invertebrate Database (WID): Natural Resources Wales
Invertebrate Site Register - England (1738-2005).: Natural England
Suffolk Biological Records Centre (SBRC) dataset: Suffolk Biological Records Centre
Lepidoptera: Moths: Records for Kent: Kent & Medway Biological Records Centre
SER Species-based Surveys: Staffordshire Ecological Record
Natural England species data for SSSI within Worcestershire from date of notification to present: Worcestershire 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
Sussex Moth data for 2011 and 2012 DEFRA FUNDED: Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre

More images

Distribution Map

15.065 BF343
Phyllonorycter esperella

(Goeze, 1783)

Wingspan 7-9 mm.

A local species, mainly found in the south and south-east of England northwards to the midlands. The individual illustrated was found in South Yorkshire, the most northerly record to date, and the first for the county.

The larvae feed on hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) and the species is one of the few creating a mine on the upperside of the leaf. The mine is a blotch with a papery upper surface, and causes the leaf to fold over strongly.

The adults emerge, like many other Phyllonorycters, in May and again in August as a second brood.

UKMoths is sponsored by Anglian Lepidopterist Supplies