Lep:Lithocolletinae
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15.068 Phyllonorycter distentella (Zeller,1846)
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detail of the mine

 

Food Plant: Quercus spp. (Deciduous Oak)

Egg: laid on the underside of a leaf

Mine: July; Sept-October

Notes: Makes a very large upperside 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 (as shown). There may be several mines in a leaf. A local and uncommon miner.

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

Image:© David Shenton

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