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15.015 Aspilapteryx tringipennella (Zeller, 1839)
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the leaf folds over


Food Plant: Plantago lanceolata (Ribwort Plantain)

Egg: Lower surface of leaf

Mine: May -July, October-April

Pupa: In a cocoon inside one end of the mine

Notes: Early mine a silvery gallery in lower epidermis. Subsequently a blotch on the upper epidermis. Internal spinning causes the leaf to pucker and often fold over the blotch, concealing it (as shown).

Data: 07.iv.2017, Lower Stondon, Bedfordshire, VC30, Melissa & Andy Banthorpe

Image:© Andy Banthorpe

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