British Insects: the Genus Phyllonorycter (Lepidoptera-Gracillariidae)


L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Phyllonorycter cerasicolella (Herrich-Schäffer)

~Phyllonorycter spinicolella?.

Associated with trees. On Rosaceae; Prunus (P. avium and P. cerasus).

Larvae. The larvae mining in leaves; in the under-side. Found in July, or September to December, or January to April (hibernating).

Adults. Face white. Head orange and brown. Thorax orange (with a white central line); not shining-metallic.

Wing-span 8–9 mm. Forewings golden orange; with a well defined basal streak (this long and narrow, traversing to near the middle of the wing). The basal streak pale; relatively long, slender and sinuate and markedly bent (upwards); not dark-edged above. Forewings with well defined pale strigulae (these clear white). Costal strigulae 4. Dorsal strigulae 3. Forewings with the first costal strigula approaching a dorsal one at an acute angle; with one transverse pale fascia (sometimes, via joining of the first costal and the first dorsal strigulae), or without transverse pale fasciae. Hindwing cilia light fuscous (slightly golden). Posterior tarsi whitish, without dark spots.

Adults abroad May and August.

General comments. “Perhaps a foodplant form of P. spinicolella.” (Bradley (2000).

Illustrations. • Phyllonorycter cerasicolella, with food-plant.

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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.’.