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15.068 Phyllonorycter distentella (Zeller,1846)
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makes a large blotch mine

Food Plant: Quercus spp. (Deciduous Oak)

Egg: laid on the underside of a leaf

Mine: July; Sept-October

Notes: Makes a very large underside mine, often extending from the midrib to the leaf margin. The leaf can be bent over as the mine contracts. The leaf parenchyma is eaten and a rough central patch remains. There may be several mines in a leaf. A local and uncommon miner.

National Status: pRDB2

Bradley No: 346

Data: 01.x.2017, Clowes Wood, Kent, VC15

Image:© David Shenton


Emmet,1998 A field Guide to the Smaller British Lepidoptera
Heath & Emmet, 1985, The Moths and Butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland, Volume 2
Hering, 1957, Bestimmunstabellen der Blattminen von Europa
Robbins, 1989, A Provisional Atlas of the Leaf Miners of Warwickshire

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