Lep: Epermeniidae
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47.005 Epermenia chaerophyllella (Goeze,1783)
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the lowwr surface mine makes a brown upper surface blotch

Food Plant: Umbellifers such as Heracleum sphondylium (Hogweed), Angelica sylvestris (Wild angelica), Anthriscus sylvestris (Cow parsley), Daucus carota (Wild carrot), Pastinacea sativa (Wild parsnip)

Egg: Underside of leaf, usually near to the edge

Mine: May-June; August-September

Notes: Mine illustrated is on Hogweed. Moths bred through - emerged 04.vii.2005. The larva are often gregariuos and feed on the underside of the leaf causing a 'windowing' effect as they eat the mesophyll and lower epidermis. This effect can be seen from the top of the leaf as it discolours (as shown).

National Status: Common

Bradley No: 483

Data: 19.vi.2005, Fleet, Hants, VC12

Image:© Rob Edmunds

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