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35.146 Teleiopsis diffinis (Haworth, 1828)
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final instar larva


Food Plant: Rumex acetosella (Sheep's Sorrel), R.acetosa (Common Sorrel)

Mine: August-May;July-August

Notes: In the autumn mines the leaves of R.acetosa, making a long linear mine (as shown), which may form a blotch at the leaf edge. There may be up to three such mines in a leaf, but only one is usually occupied. A final instar larva is shown. Mines made by a Mantura sp.(Coleoptera) may look similar, but, if the mine is pressed close to the larva and the larva quickly moves this would indicate the presence of T. diffinis. Later the larvae spin silken tubes on the leaves of the host along the stem or the upper part of the roots. They may subsequently bore into the stem and roots. This is the first time the larva has been observed as a leaf miner and only the second time that R.acetosa has been recorded as a foodplant in Europe (Heckford & Beavan, 2019). Continental authors (Huemer & Karsholt, 1999) state that the spring generation on R. acetosella feed on seeds from silken tubes on the stem.

Data: 29.ii.2012, Toby's Point, South Devon, VC3

Image:© RJ Heckford

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