Gracillariidae : Phyllocnistinae
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Photo © Oliver Wadsworth,  Ex larva. Sidmouth Devon. 2013

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Phyllocnistis saligna
Willow Bent-wing
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Phyllocnistis unipunctella
Poplar Bent-wing

(Stephens, 1834)368 / 15.092

Common resident.

Populus nigra and var. italica and P. x canadensis with larva feeding in June and August. In a long translucent epidermal mine in the upper side of a leaf, likened to a snail trail.

Recorded in 53 (38%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1887.
Last Recorded in 2020.
(Data up to end 2020)
Additional Stats

Wingspan: 7-8mm
Flight: Two generations, July and Sep-April. (Hibernating)
Foodplant:   Black Poplar, Lombardy Poplar
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2  Mine: A
Phyllocnistis saligna  |  Yponomeuta evonymella >
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2020)
Date#VC10k Area
18/10/202025VC37 - WorcestershireSO94
08/10/20201VC37 - WorcestershireSO76 -
23/08/2020+VC37 - WorcestershireSO66 -
13/11/20191VC40 - ShropshireSJ71 -
12/09/20194VC40 - ShropshireSO49 -
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