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15.002 Caloptilia cuculipennella (Hübner, 1796)
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silver early mine


Food Plant: Ligustrum vulgare (Privet), Fraxinus excelsior (Ash)

Egg: upper side of leaf

Mine: July-September

Notes: Initially mines the upper surface of the leaf and causes the leaf to fold upwards (as shown). The mine can be distinguished from that of C.syringella on the same plant as it is a silver colour whereas that of C.syringella is brownish. It then makes two cones at the leaf tip. An uncommon miner. Found in woodland and along coasts.

Data: 30.vi.2019, Leominster, Herefordshire, VC36

Image:© Melissa Banthorpe

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