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321 (Garden Midget), Phyllonorycter messaniella (Zeller, 1846)

Status and ecology:

National Status: Common

A resident species, with larvae often common and occasionally abundant in deciduous woods and gardens across the region. Well distributed in the West but probably seriously under-recorded in the East. Triple-brooded, flying mainly in late May, from mid-September to late October and then in late November. Larvae feed on both ordinary and evergreen oaks, hornbeam, sweet chestnut, and both common and roble beech. (Pratt, 2011)

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Crowborough, 05 ix 2014 Photo: Charles Waters

Phyllonorycter messaniella (Zeller, 1846)

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Distribution map for Phyllonorycter messaniella

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