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16.020 Paraswammerdamia nebulella (Goeze, 1783)
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many mines on aleaf
many mines on aleaf


Food Plant: Crataegus (Hawthorn), Sorbus aucuparia (Rowan), Rosa sp, Cotoneaster horizontalis

Egg: Laid on a leaf

Mine: September-June

Notes: Initially forms a small full depth mine on the leaf and then overwinters beneath a small white spinning attached to a twig. In the spring it feeds on the leaves It pupates in a dense white cocoon attcahed to a twig. in a web, which may contain two or three larvae. Formerly Paraswammerdammia lutarea. The mines can resemble those of Bucculatrix bechsteinella but the clear exit gallery is more sinuous (as shown) (those of B.bechsteinella are more angular) and the mines tend to be more numerous in a leaf and not necessarily associated with a vein axil (as shown).

Data: 30.x.2011 Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, VC30, Andy & Melissa Banthorpe

Image:© Andy & Melissa Banthorpe

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