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21.001 (BF263)

Apple Leaf Miner   

Lyonetia clerkella
Adult: 1
Leaf Mine: A
Resident. Local.

Recording method

Comes to light.  Overwinters in evergreens such as Yew.  Absence of an egg at the start of the mine helps distinguish it from a Nepticulid, as do the deep divisions between the segments of the L. clerkella larva.

Life cycle

Larvae present May-November.  A long, winding gallery through a leaf.

Larval foodplants

A wide range of mostly rosaceous trees or shrubs such as Apple species, Sorbus species (eg Rowan, Whitebeams), Prunus species (plums, cherries, Blackthorn) and hawthorn species; also Birches.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway were found at unknown sites in Dumfriesshire and Kirkcudbrightshire by persons unknown prior to 1985 (BRC/MOGBI data), with the Wigtownshire first being found at Corsemalzie House Hotel, near Mochrum, on 27th June 1988 by E. C. Pelham-Clinton.

42 record(s) from 17 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2021 2022 2022

 UK Moths website - further information on species (with photos)

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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