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Apteropeda orbiculata (Marsham, 1802)
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mines on Foxglove
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Food Plant: Polyphagus -  Ajuga (Bugle), Aster, Cirsium (Thistle), Digitalis purpurea (Foxglove), Galeopsis (Hemp-nettle), Linaria (Toadflax), Plantago (Plantain), Primula (Primrose), Rhinanthus (Yellow Rattle), Scrophularia (Figwort), Stachys (Woundwort), Verbascum (Mullein), Veronica (Speedwell).

Mine: Spring

Notes: The initial mine is a shallow upper surface mine, which then becomes full depth, with a more marked line of frass. The larva can be seen in the mine (centre of photo). This is the first record of this species feeding on Digitalis in the UK.

Data: 27.ii.2016, Cwm Carn, Monmouthshire, VC35

Image:© George Tordoff

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