British Insects: the Genus Phyllonorycter (Lepidoptera-Gracillariidae)


L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Phyllonorycter acerifoliella (Zeller)

Synonyms: Phyllonorycter arcuatella (Stainton), Phyllonorycter sylvella (Haworth).

Associated with shrubs. On Aceraceae; Acer campestre.

Larvae. The larvae mining in leaves; in the under-side. Found in July and October.

Adults. Antennae white to the base (grey-ringed). Face white. Head white. Thorax white.

Wing-span 7–9 mm. Forewings shining white; clear shining white with coloured markings; exhibiting conspicuous transverse dark (black-edged, ochreous) fasciae; without a basal streak; with well defined pale strigulae to lacking well defined pale strigulae (uninterpretable in the usual terms, the wing giving the appearance of dark strigulae and fasciae on a white background). The last fascia straight (but the middle pair sharply angulated). The antemedian fascia bluntly angulated. Hindwing cilia pale fuscous.

Adults abroad May and August.

Illustrations. • British species on Aceraceae. • P. acerifoliella (as sylvella), P. messaniella and P. ulmifoliella: Stainton (1855) Plate VI, under Lithocolletis. • Stainton (1855), Plate VI: original legend.. • Phyllonorycter acerifoliella (specimens): photo.

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Cite this publication as: ‘Watson, L., and Dallwitz, M.J. 2003 onwards. British insects: the genus Phyllonorycter (Lepidoptera-Gracillariidae). Version: 29th December 2011.’.