Phyllonorycter heegeriella
Phyllonorycter heegeriella
Adult • New Forest, Hampshire • © Patrick Clement

15.036 BF317

Phyllonorycter heegeriella

(Zeller, 1846)

Wingspan c. 7mm.

Widely distributed throughout much of Britain, although local, this species is commoner in the south, occupying deciduous woodland.

One of several oak-feeding Phyllonorycter species showing a white forewing base colour, the narrow greyish basal streak is a useful identification aid.

The larvae form small blister mines on the underside of oak (Quercus) leaves, usually at a lobe, causing the tip to fold over. The mines are typically smaller than those of other oak-feeding species. They can be found in July and from September to October.

Adult moths fly in two generations, in May and again in August.
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