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Chirosia grossicauda (Strobl, 1899)
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the mouthparts


Food Plant: Pteridium aquilinum (Bracken)

Mine: August - October

Notes: The miner causes the pinna tip to curl downwards. The larva is a pale off-white colour. The cephalopharyngeal skeleton is shown (with the slide cleared in the top photo).

Data: 20.vii.2007 Amsterdam, The Netherlands, ex mine17.vii.2007, Fleet, Hants, VC12

Image:© Willem Ellis

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