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37.053 Coleophora betulella Heinemann, [1876]
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the larva grazes on the leaf


Food Plant: Betula (Birch)

Mine: Late August to October, feeding again from April to May or early June.

Notes: Larva mines leaves in autumn. Spring feeding is by grazing (as shown above), usually on the underside of larger leaves, or feeding on the edges of small leaves. The full-grown case is black, pistol-shaped, 7mm long. The larva has a large prothoracic plate, with median sulcus (as shown above) and further pigmentation dorsally and laterally on the other thoracic segments.

Data: 21.iv.2006, Southwood, Hants, VC12

Image:© Rob Edmunds

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