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19.014 Acrolepia autumnitella Curtis,1838
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the lateral spines can be seen in this dorsal view
a ventro-lateral view of the pupa


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. The pupa is illustrated and has lateral rows of spines.

Data: 03.ix.2005, ex.mine 25.viii.2005, Holkham, Norfolk, VC28

Image:© Rob Edmunds

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