Lyonetiidae : Lyonetiinae
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Lyonetia clerkella
Apple Leaf-miner

(Linnaeus, 1758)263 / 21.001

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Bentley Woods in Feb.-March, and Warren Heath in Ipswich during November (Mly); Ipswich and Lackford, bred (Whit.); common among crab-apples at Glemham Magna (Bloomf.); Southwold in 1897, and Flixton (Ctw); Gorleston in October.

Recent Status: A very common species in Suffolk.

Life Style: A multi-brooded species with the adult hibernating. Can be found at any time of the year and comes to light. The larvae mine a long sinuous gallery on Betula later in the year and on a wide range of deciduous tree species at other times of the year. These are primarily Rosaceae. They pupate in a loose cocoon beneath a light spinning on the foodplant.

Identification: A small narrow winged species. The head is scale tufted. The wings can be silvery white, grey or brown. There is a prominent large dark oval patch at three quarters, followed by fine dark fasciae and a terminal black spot. The superficially similar Phyllocnistis have a smooth scaled head. L. prunifoliella is larger and lacks the oval patch.

Recorded in 54 (93%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1897.
Last Recorded in 2021.
Additional Stats

Argyresthia semitestacella  |  Lyonetia prunifoliella >

List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
18/10/2021725TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
22/09/2021625TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
08/09/2021226TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
07/09/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
18/08/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
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Wingspan: 8-9mm
Flight: June - September
Foodplant:   Hawthorn, cherry, apple, birch, Blackthorn, Rowan, other Rosaceae
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1  Mine: A
 Immature Adult
Underlying maps using Digital Map Data © Norfolk Online Lepidoptera Archive - NOLA™ - Suffolk 2021. © James Wheeler - Norfolk Moths 2007 - 2021. Data © NOLA™ - Suffolk 2021
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