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21.002 Lyonetia prunifoliella (Hübner, 1796)
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forms blotch mines

Food Plant: Prunus spinosa (Blackthorn) and occasionally Prunus japonica (dwarf flowering cherry) , Malus (Apple) spp. Elsewhere: Betula (Birch) spp., Chaenomeles japonica (Quince), Cotoneaster spp. Crategus monogyna (Hawthorn), Cydonia oblonga (Quince), Mespilus germanica (Common Medlar), Pyrus communis (Pear), Sorbus.

Egg: under the leaf cuticle

Mine: July-October

Notes: Forms blotch mines from an initial gallery. Rediscovered in the UK after over 100 years and now spreading into Eastern and Central England.

National Status: pRDB1

Bradley No: 262

Data: viii.2003, Ijzevoorde, Gelderland, The Netherlands, Jaap Zwier, Willem Ellis

Image:© Willem Ellis

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