Lepidoptera: Bucculatricidae

273 Bucculatrix thoracella (Thunberg, 1794)

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Food Plant: Tilia (Lime)

Egg: Underside of leaf

Mine: July - August

Notes: A narrow mine almost filled with black frass, usually following leaf-vein.

 

 

 

The cocoon is formed either on the trunk of the tree or in leaf litter (as photo) and has a ridged appearance. The pupa over winters in the cocoon.

 

 

 

This cocoon was found at the base of a small-leaved lime tree and had lost its cap exposing the pupa.

 

 

 

Images: Rob Edmunds

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