Gracillariidae : Lithocolletinae
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Photo © Patrick Clement,  Ex mine on apple (Malus), Penorchard Meadows, Worcestershire.

Immature stages

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Phyllonorycter blancardella
Brown Apple Midget

Fabricius, 1781326 / 15.046

Common resident.

Malus including cultivars with larva feeding in July and Septenber in a mine on the underside of a leaf.

Verification Grade Comment: Mine: must be bred to rule out other Apple feeders inc P. Hostis

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Mine: Moth needs to be reared and, in some cases, possibly dissected.

Recorded in 65 (46%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1873.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Wingspan: 6-8.5mm
Flight: Two generations, April to June and August / September
Foodplant:   Apple, crab-apple.
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4  Mine: R
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
24/11/20191VC40 - ShropshireSO48 -
30/10/20195VC37 - WorcestershireSO84 -
15/10/2019+VC37 - WorcestershireSO66 -
06/10/20191VC37 - WorcestershireSO85
18/09/2019+VC40 - ShropshireSO47 -
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