Family: Gracillariidae Sub-family: Lithocolletinae
332a * Firethorn Leaf Miner * Phyllonorycter leucographellaLeaf mine photographs on Apple, Malus. UK September 2011
Wingspan: 7-9mm. First recorded in Essex in 1989, sprreading rapidly.
Flight time: Several generations, April-October
Food plants: Rosaceous spp., mainly Firethorn (Pyracantha). Mines have also been found on Beech (Fagus) but it appears these cannot complete their development.
Mine: July and October-April
Egg on base of midrib. The initial corridor widens into a sivery, upperside blotch, positioned over the midrib. Leaf may contract upwards.
Firethorn Leaf Miner, Phyllonorycter leucographella
Leaf mine on Apple, Malus domestica. UK. September 2011