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49.252 Epinotia tedella (Clerk, 1759)
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larval spinnings

Food Plant: Picea abies (Norway Spruce), Picea sitchensis (Sikta Spruce)

Mine: August-April

Notes: Initially mines the terminal leaves of side shoots then feeds in a spinning of bunched leaves, entangled with brown silk and frass (as shown). The greenish-white colour indicates the presence of a larva. The larva leaves this spinning in the spring (which discolours and falls off) and pupates in a cocoon spun in leaf litter.

National Status: Common

Bradley No: 1142

Data: 13.xi.2013, Coe Crags, Northumberland, VC68

Image:© Alan Fairclough

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