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256 Leucoptera spartifoliella (Hübner, [1813])
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stem mines are formed and the white cocoon is attached to the stem


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

Egg: On a stem

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 (as shown), similar to that of Trifurcula immundella, which usually mines downwards.

Data: Bedfordshire

Image:© Charles Baker

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