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Orthochaetes setiger ( Becker, 1817)
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larva in mine

Food Plant: Cyclamen hederifolium, C.persicum, Allium ursinum (Ramsons), Centaurea spp., Ajuga species (Bugles), Hieracium spp. (hawkweed), Lactuca spp. (Lettuce), Plantago spp. (Plantain), Myosotis spp. (Forget-me-not), Sonchus spp. (Thistle), Taraxacum officinale agg (Dandelion)

Mine: May-July

Notes: Forms an irregular branched corridor mine associated with the midrib or from the petiole (as shown, with the larva in the mine). The larvae changes leaves and the mine develops into a blotch in the second leaf. Widespread but uncommon in the UK. Mine shown is on Cyclamen.

Data: 25.iv.2009, Fleet, Hants, VC12

Image:© Rob Edmunds

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