European Lep:Lithocolletinae
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Phyllonorycter medicaginella (Gerasimov, 1930)
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the leaves turn white


Food Plant: Medicago lupulina (Black Medick), Medicago sativa (Lucerne), Melilotus alba (Melilot)

Mine: August - October

Notes: The plant and the miner occur on waste ground, even well into urban areas. The plants may be heavily mined, with up to ten mines on a branch or two out of three leaflets mined. The mines are easily spotted because the leaflets are strongly folded, pod-like, and, when the mine has fully developed there is little tissue left. Mines shown on Lucerne

Data: 8-12.ix.2007, Erkner, near Berlin, Germany, John Langmaid

Image:© Ian Thirlwell

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