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15.090 Phyllocnistis saligna (Zeller, 1839)
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the larva mines the leaf epidermis


Food Plant: Salix alba (White Willow), Salix purpurea (Purple Willow), Salix fragilis (Crack Willow). Salix triandra (Almond Leaved Willow).

Egg: Lower surface of leaf

Mine: June, August -September

Pupa: Under a membrane on the margin of leaf

Notes: A tortuous lower epidermal mine with a central brownish frass-line. The larva then mines into the petiole and subsequently into a second leaf, normally opposite, where it creates another similar epidermal mine. The larva is shown making the epidermal mine.

Data: viii.2005, Weston's Cider Mill, Much Marcle, Herefordshire, VC 36

Image:© Robert Homan

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