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105 Stigmella desperatella (Frey, 1856)
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Food Plant: Malus sylvestris (Crab Apple)

Egg: Either side of leaf

Mine: August-October (Possibly July)?

Notes: Initially the long slender gallery, with a thin central frass line, may follow the leaf edge. It then widens suddenly and twists to form a blotch-like mine. The frass is still in a thin central line with clear margins to the gallery. The mine may be confused with S.malella but with this species the larva is yellow whereas with desperatella it is green. There may be several mines in a leaf. Vacated mines cannot be identified with certainty. A very local miner which is known from Herefordshire, Kent, Lancs, Norfolk and Westmorland. Its present occurrence is uncertain.



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