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Phyllonorycter cerasicolella (Herrich-Schäffer, 1855) Species

Last modified: Feb. 28, 2023, 11:41 a.m.

A fairly common species in Belgium.


Family: Gracillariidae > Subfamily: Lithocolletinae > Genus: Phyllonorycter > Species: Phyllonorycter cerasicolella
Vernacular names
Kersenvouwmot (NL), Cherry midget (EN)
First mention in Belgium
Fologne E. 1859b. Supplément au catalogue des lépidoptères de Belgique. — Annales de la Société entomologique belge 3: 133–142. On page 142. view page




Head ochreous brown; forewing ground colour brown, four white costal and three white dorsal striae. The first dorsal stria is curved strongly towards the apex.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature



A tentiform mine at the underside of a leaf. The mine does only contain faint longitudinal folds.
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A white cocoon inside the mine.

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The eggs are mainly deposited singly. The full-grown larva constructs a white silken cocoon in which it hibernates. Pupation in spring time. The adults are mainly active at dusk and come to light.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in two, perhaps three, generations a year: from late April till June and again in August.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Prunus avium, Prunus cerasus, Prunus mahaleb, Prunus domestica, Prunus persica and Prunus vulgaris
Host plant (genera):
Cerasus and Prunus

The larva lives on a variety of cultivated and wild Prunus species, in Belgium most recorded on Prunus avium and Prunus cerasus. It has also rarely been recorded on Malus.

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