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15.077 Phyllonorycter scabiosella (Douglas, 1853)
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underside of leaf

Food Plant: Scabiosa columbaria (Small scabious)

Egg: Underside of a lower leaf, which is usually buried in the grass

Mine: July -August; October -April

Notes: The mine formed strongly contracts the leaf and the underside has several longitudinal folds (as shown). The upper surface is inflated and the mottled in appearance, with a purplish tinge. A rare miner being found along the North Downs in Kent and Surrey

National status : pRDB2

Bradley No: 355

Data: 07.ix.2012, Box Hill, Surrey. VC17

Image:© Tony Davis

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