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21.005 Leucoptera spartifoliella (Hübner, [1813])
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a white cocoon is formed attached to the stem

Food Plant: Cytisus/ Sarothamnus (Broom), Genista tinctoria (Dyer's Greenweed).

Egg: On a stem. The egg is not filled with frass and soon drops off when the larva hatches (which distinguishes it from Trifurcula immundella, where the egg remains).

Mine: September-May

Pupa: In a white silken cocoon attached to a stem (as shown).

Notes: A gallery in the bark of the food plant generally mining upwards, similar to that of Trifurcula immundella, which usually mines downwards.

National Status: Local

Bradley No: 256

Data: 03.v.2006, Cromwell Bottom LNR near Elland, West Yorks,VC63

Image:© Paul Talbot

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