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15.053 (BF332a)

Firethorn Leaf Miner   

Phyllonorycter leucographella
Adult: 2
Leaf Mine: A
Resident. Rare.

See also Moth of the Week (06/03/2020)

Recording method

Comes to light.

Life cycle

Mines: June-July, August-May.  Mines similar in appearance to those of P. corylifoliella except that leucographella mines lack the brown flecks seen on the surface of corylifoliella mines.  Adults fly April-June, July-October.

Larval foodplants

Firethorn (Pyracantha), Apple, Hawthorns, Pear, Whitebeam (Sorbus spp), Wild Cherry, Blackthorn, Japanese Quince, Tree Cotoneaster Cononeaster frigidus.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was of a leaf-mine found at Moffat, Dumfriesshire, on 10th April 2007, while the first for Kirkcudbrightshire was of a leaf-mine found at Rockcliffe on 27th July 2008.

27 record(s) from 9 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2022 2021
15.053 Phyllonorycter Leucographella
15.053 Phyllonorycter Leucographella

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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