Main: (Gracillariidae / Lithocolletinae)
15.076 [B&F: 0354] Phyllonorycter emberizaepenella (Bouché, 1834)


Local, in woodland, scrub and hedgerows, throughout Britain, rarely in Ireland. In Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight, just about annual, but very rare away from the coast, where recorded in recent years only from Fleet and in the Itchen Valley, although possibly under-recorded. Wingspan 9-10mm. Forewing has a ground colour of light brown. There are four costal and five dorsal white strigulate, the first two pairs meeting to form distinct fascia, the first of which is irregular and varying in width, and the second pair form an obtuse angled or smooth outward-facing fascia; the third pair nearly meet at an acute angle; the fourth pair are opposite and separated from the third by a small patch of dark brown scales; dorsal 5 is immediately below apical patch. The basal streak is short and sinuate, reaching first fascia, and fascia are lightly edged with brown.

The larva mines leaves of Honeysuckle and Snowberry, forming a very large mine underside the leaf: the lower epidermis is gathered into strong folds puckering the leaf, but it does not twist as per P. trifasciella. The moth is bivoltine, generally flying in spring and late summer.
All information from MoGBI Vol.2

Flightime guide

Records Received By Year

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Phenology - Adult Records

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Phenology - Larval Records

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Distribution Map

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Record Density

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Detail records

VC10 Isle of Wight
Bouldnor (SZ38)1920-Blair, Dr K.G.-
Luccombe (SZ57)07-Jun-1972oneDickson, RichardAdult
Seagrove Bay (SZ69)26-Nov-1995-Biggs, David Pupal
Seagrove Bay (SZ69)26-Nov-1995-Biggs, DTMine
Seagrove Bay (SZ69)26-Nov-1999-Biggs, David Larval
Osborne (SZ59)27-Aug-2000oneBiggs, DTMine (vacated)
Osborne (SZ59)27-Aug-2000oneBiggs, David Larval
Newport (SZ48)09-Dec-2001-Biggs, David Mine
Newport (SZ58)09-Dec-2001-Shepard, B-
Porchfield (SZ49)02-Oct-2010-Cotterill, Dr M.Mine (vacated)
St. Saviour's graveyard (SZ38)22-Oct-2011twoCooke, Dave Mine
St. Saviour's graveyard (SZ38)04-Nov-2017threeCooke, Dave Mine
Ventnor (SZ57)16-Oct-2020-Outlaw, Iain Mine
VC11 South Hampshire
Highcliffe (SZ29)1970-Wild, EH-
Havant Thicket (SU71)02-Oct-1980-Langmaid, JR; Sterling, PHMine
Botley Wood (SU50)10-Sep-1987-Langmaid, JR; Sterling, DHMine
Botley Wood (SU50)28-Aug-1990-Dickson, RichardMine
Botley Wood (SU50)30-Sep-1991-Langmaid, John & Dickson, RIchardMine
Emer Bog NR (SU32)27-Oct-1991-Agassiz, J.R. Langmaid & D.J.L. Mine
Emer Bog NR (SU32)26-Oct-1993oneLangmaid, JR; Sterling, DHMine
Hamble (SU41)01-Sep-1995-Green, David G Larval
Hamble (SU41)07-Oct-1996-Langmaid, JR; Emmet, AM; Davis, AMMine
Portsmouth (SU60)26-Jul-2002oneThirlwell, Ian Adult
Portsmouth (SU60)19-Jul-2003oneThirlwell, Ian Adult
Southsea (SZ69)27-Jul-2003oneLangmaid, JohnAdult
Chandlers Ford (SU42)2006-Elliott, Brian Mine
Ashurst, NF (SU31)25-Jul-2014oneGodfrey, Keith Adult
VC12 North Hampshire
Pamber Forest (SU66)1940-Ffennell, DWH-
Basingstoke (SU64)28-Oct-1994-Dobson, Tony Larval
Wildhern (SU35)1997-Green, David G Larval
Wildhern (SU35)26-Sep-1997-Green, David G Larval
Basingstoke (SU65)01-Oct-1998-Dobson, Tony Mine
Fleet (SU85)24-Dec-2005threeEdmunds, RDPupal
Fleet (SU85)21-Jul-2006-Edmunds, RDLarval
Weston Colley (SU53)24-Jul-2010oneGreen, David G Adult
Weston Colley (SU53)07-Aug-2010oneGreen, David G Adult
Weston Colley (SU53)18-Sep-2010-Green, David G Larval

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