Lep:Gracillariinae
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15.032 Parornix finitimella (Zeller, 1850)
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the initial blotch contorts the leaf

 

Food Plant: Prunus spinosa (Blackthorn), P.domestica (Wild Plum).

Egg: Underside of leaf

Mine: June-July, August-October

Pupa: In a cocoon in folded leaf-margin.

Notes: Initially a lower epidermal gallery leading to a grey or whitish blotch which contorts the leaf strongly (as shown). Then at least two folds on the leaf margin, consuming the upper epidermis. Larva grey with black rings on legs.

Data: 19.x.2003, Fleet, Hants, VC12

Image:© Rob Edmunds

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