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Chromatomyia aprilina (Goureau, 1851)
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early spring mines may form away from the centre of the leaf


Food Plant: Lonicera periclymenum (Honeysuckle)

Mine: Bivoltine: early summer and early autumn. (In some years a very early spring generation forms)

Pupa: Inside the mine. Pale green, white when empty.

Notes: Initially on the mid-rib from which there may be several short narrow galleries into the leaf. In the main gallery there may be alternate lower surface and upper surface stretches. Frass in conspicuous long streaks. Widespread, particularly in north and west. England, South Wales, Ireland. In early spring mines may form away from the midrib (as shown). This form of mine was first discovered in February 2009 by Keith Palmer in Sevenoaks, Kent and subsequently in two sites in Gloucestershire, in March, by Robert Homan.

Data: 22.iii.2009, Hay Wood, West Gloucestershire, VC34

Image:© Robert Homan

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