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21.002 Lyonetia prunifoliella (Hübner, 1796)
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pupa ventral view
pupa dorsal view


Food Plant: Prunus spinosa (Blackthorn) and occasionally Prunus japonica (dwarf flowering cherry) , Malus (Apple) spp. Elsewhere: Betula (Birch) spp., Chaenomeles japonica (Quince), Cotoneaster spp. Crategus monogyna (Hawthorn), Cydonia oblonga (Quince), Mespilus germanica (Common Medlar), Pyrus communis (Pear), Sorbus.

Egg: under the leaf cuticle

Mine: July-October

Notes: Forms blotch mines from an initial gallery. The larva ejects frass through a slit in the lower epidermis. The frass chains may become trapped in silk. The pupa is shown in ventral view (top photo) and dorsal view (bottom photo) from a mine on Prunus spinosa (Blackthorn).

Data: 10.x.2017 ex mine 04.x.2017, Heybrook Bay, Devon, VC3 (moth enmerged 18.x.2017)

Image:© Stella Beavan & Bob Heckford

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