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15.045 Phyllonorycter mespilella (Hübner, [1805])
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the cocoon is in a long loose silken chamber


Food Plant: Sorbus spp. including Sorbus torminalis (Wild Service tree), S.aucuparia (Rowan), S.aria (Whitebeam), Pyrus communis (Wild Pear)

Mine: July; September-November

Notes: A long narrow mine between two lateral ribs on the underside of a leaf. It is 20-30mm long and has many folds. The contraction of the lower epidermis causes the leaf to roll and form a tube. The upper surface of the leaf is mottled. The cocoon is in a long loose silken chamber (or formed at one end of the mine) with frass in a long loose line behind the cocoon.

Data: 21.x.2011, College Wood, Near Apley, Lincolnshire ( First VC54 Record).

Image:© Martin Gray

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