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19.014 Acrolepia autumnitella Curtis,1838
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the cocoon can be formed on the leaf or in the detritus
the cocoon is formed from a fine mesh


Food Plant: Solanum dulcamara (Bittersweet), S.lycopersicum (Tomato), Solanum tuberosum (Potato), Atropa belladonna (Deadly nightshade)

Mine: June, September

Notes: Bittersweet is the usual plant for this miner. The mines are usually found in shaded places. The cocoon is usually amongst debris. Large translucent mines are made and there may be several mines in a leaf. The larva is a pale colour with light brown head pigmentation and a prothoracic plate with a median sulcus.

Data: top image: 12.ix.2004,Stanton, nr Cheltenham, Gloucs, VC33: bottom image: 03.ix.2205 ex. mine 25.viii.2005, Holkham, Norfolk, VC28

Images:© Robert Homan, Rob Edmunds

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