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Phyllonorycter joannisi (Le Marchand, 1936) Species

Last modified: Sept. 6, 2023, 5:56 p.m.

A rather common, though never plentiful, but a local species throughout Belgium.


Family: Gracillariidae > Subfamily: Lithocolletinae > Genus: Phyllonorycter > Species: Phyllonorycter joannisi
Vernacular names
Noorse-esdoornvouwmot (NL), White-bodied midget (EN)
Phyllonorycter platanoidella (de Joannis, 1920), nec (Braun, 1908)
First mention in Belgium
Dufrane A. 1942. Microlépidoptères de la faune belge, (1re note). — Bulletin du Musée royal d'Histoire naturelle de Belgique 18(5): 1–12. On page 9.




Head white; forewing fround colour white, pattern consisting of light brown scales: three small costal and one small dorsal striae near the base, a transversal band befor the middle of the wing, a chevron distally and two costal and 1 dorsal striae in the apical area.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature

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Yellowish with light brown head.

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At first a rather small, semi-circular or oval tentiform mine on the underside of a leaf, later enlarged and with a series of fine longitudinal folds at the underside. The upperside of the mine shows a multitude of small white dots where the caterpillar has consumed the parenchyma. Only the last instar eats also the central green part way and then the mine is well visible from the upperside as a light green or whitish patch.
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The mine is almost never constructed near the margin of a leaf. Sometimes, several mines might occur on the same leaf.
Pupation inside the leaf. The species hibernates in the pupal stage, between leaf litter on the ground.

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Flight periods

Two generations a year: May and August.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Acer platanoides

The species is monophagous on Acer platanoides.


Forests, but also parks and public gardens where Acer platanoides is planted as an ornamental tree.