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15.033 (BF309)

Blackthorn Slender   

Parornix torquillella
Adult: 4
Leaf Mine: L
Resident. Rare.

Recording method

Comes to light.  Mines of this species and Parornix finitimella are similar so have a look at the larva.

Life cycle

Larvae July-August, September-November.  Initial gallery mine leads to a blotch, after which the larva creates two leaf-folds resembling those of Parornix finitimella.  Adults fly  April-June, July-September

Larval foodplants

Blackthorn and Wild Plum.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found at an unknown site in Dumfriesshire by a person unknown prior to 1985 (BRC/MOGBI data), while the first for Wigtownshire was found at Port of Counan on 21st July 2006 during a ‘Grey Gaggers’ Moth Group field meeting.

4 record(s) from 4 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2013 2016 1961

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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