Lep:Gracillariinae
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15.021 Leucospilapteryx omissella (Stainton, 1848)
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an inflated mine is formed

 

Food Plant: Artemesia vulgaris (Mugwort)

Egg: Lower surface of leaf

Mine: July, August - September

Pupa: In a cocoon, spun in detritus

Notes: Initially the mine is a long gallery underneath the leaf. As the larva feeds and spins internally the mine becomes inflated. The upper epidermis becomes mottled in appearance, turning yellow and later, purple

Data: 07.x.2006, Ipswich, Suffolk, VC25, Neil Sherman

Image:© Tony Prichard

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