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15.067 Monochroa conspersella (Herrich-Schäffer, 1854)
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FORMS BROWN BLOTCH MINES

Food Plant: Lysimachia vulgaris (Yellow Loosestrife)

Mine: September-May

Notes: The larva makes small mines, during September and October, at the edge or tips of the leaves (as shown), which have brownish centres and small galleries leading off. After hibernation, in May, they mine the stems of young shoots and spin the terminal leaves together. A rare moth of Fenland. Found in wetlands in Cambridgeshire and Norfolk.

National Status: pRDB2

Bradley No: 739

Gelechiid Recording Scheme: http://www.gelechiid.co.uk/species/monochroa-conspersella

Data: 29.ix.2013, Meerhout, (Antwerpen), Belgium

Image:© Carina van Steenwinkel

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