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Orthochaetes setiger ( Becker, 1817)
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it makes twisting irregular mines


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). 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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