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4.014 Stigmella catharticella (Stainton, 1853)
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a contorted mine

Food Plant: Rhamnus cathartica (Buckthorn)

Egg: Underside of leaf

Mine: June - July, September - October

Notes: The gallery is contorted in a series of S turns. The frass is initailly cloudy but then darker green being either dispersed or coiled (as shown). A little area of uneaten leaf is between each traverse. Finally the frass turns black and is deposited in a central line. The larva is greenish yellow, head pale brown

National Status: Local

Bradley No: 98

Data: 2002

Image:© Andy Musgrove

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