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22.004 Prays oleae (Bernard, 1788)
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twisting mines in the leaf

Food Plant: Olea europea (Olive); (elsewhere: Jasmine (Jasminum), Ligustrum (Privet), Phyllirea spp. )

Egg: on leaves, flower buds or fruitlets

Mine: On the continent - April onwards in three generations.

Notes: A pest species of Olives. It is the third generation,appearing in the autumn and overwintering, which mines leaves (as shown). They spin the leaves, forming a protective cover. The spring (first) generation attacks the developing flowers and the second generation live inside the olive kernels. First discovered in the UK (on Olives) on 22.i.2009 in Addlestone, Surrey by Andy Mitchell. The moth was bred through to confirm its identity. Known in Europe from the Mediterranean Islands and also Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Macedonia, Croatia and Albania.

National Status: Adventive

Bradley No: 449c

Data: 22.i.2009, Addlestone, Surrey, VC 17

Image:© Andy Mitchell

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