Recent Status: A rare species in Suffolk and Britain.
Life Style: A double brooded species that has been recorded during May and August. The larvae feed on Sorbus torminalis, S. aucuparia, S. aria and Pyrus but occasionally on other Rosacaea. They pupate in a cocoon in the larval habitation. The pupal stage passes the winter.
Identification: The moth is a golden or darker brown with a basal streak, four small costal and three dorsal marks that are white edged black on the basal edges. The first two dorsal marks are large the third very small. P. oxyacanthae, P. sorbi and P. mespilella cannot be reliably separated without genitalia dissection. More Info The larvae create a long blister blotch between two veins, commonly close to the petiole. The leaf distorts resulting in the mine becoming a tube and the lower epidermis has many longitudinal folds. More Info
Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required
Mine: Moth needs to be reared and, in some cases, possibly dissected.
Recorded in 4 (7%) of 58 10k Squares. First Recorded in 2000. Last Recorded in 2017. Additional Stats