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15.040 Phyllonorycter messaniella (Zeller, 1846)
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mines shown on Q.ilex

Food Plant: Quercus (Oak), Carpinus (Hornbeam), Fagus (Beech), Castanea (Sweet Chestnut). Ostrya carpinfolia (Hop-hornbeam), Nothofagus obliqua (Roble Beech), occasionally Tilia (Lime) or Betula papyrifera (Paper Birch)

Mine: March - April, July, October

Notes: The mine is oval on Q. ilex (Holm Oak), and similar to P. quercifoliella on deciduous oaks. It is between adjacent veins on beech and hornbeam.The puparium is held loosely in a flimsy cocoon and the frass edging the cocoon is in a distinct U or V shape. Mine shown is on Q.ilex.

National Status: Common

Bradley No: 321

Data: 06.03.2005, Fleet, Hants, VC12

Image:© Rob Edmunds

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