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15.0931 Phyllocnistis citrella Stainton, 1856
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the leaf may distort


Food Plant: Citrus spp.

Mine: throughout the year

Notes: A tropical species which is now added to the British list after moths were bred from tenanted mines on Lemon trees from a Garden centre in Burford. A distorted Citrus leaf caused by the presence of two mines is (shown above. The picture was taken after both adults emerged. Most specimens are intercepted at points of entry (see: Newsletter) and this is a pest of commercial citrus orchards. Makes distinctive track mines with a strong central frass line on fruits or leaves.

Data: 31.x.2012 ex mine 07.x.2012, Burford, Oxon, VC23

Image:© Robert Homan

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