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15.067 Monochroa conspersella (Herrich-Schäffer, 1854)
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forms tiny mines at leaf tip


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, with a seed attached just below the mine), 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.

Data: 13.viii.2017, Wicken, Cambs, VC29

Image:© Rob Edmunds

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