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Metallus pumilus (Klug,1814)
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a larva can be seen in this blotch mine


Food Plant: Rubus fructicosus (Bramble), R.idaeus (Raspberry)

Mine: Summer and autumn

Notes: A local and uncommon miner. It forms a large blotch mine. The larva has a large prothoracic plate, two further thoracic spots and one spot on the first abdominal segment (this distinguishes it from M.albipes - which only has three spots).

An early summer mine is shown above.

Data: 28.vii.2005, Fleet, Hants, VC12

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