British Insects: the Genus Phyllonorycter (Lepidoptera-Gracillariidae)

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Phyllonorycter comparella (Duponchel)

Associated with trees. On Salicaceae; Populus (P. alba and P. canescens).

Larvae. The larvae mining in leaves; in the under-side. Found in July, or September to October.

Adults. Face white. Head mixed white and fuscous.

Wing-span 7–8 mm. Forewings white to whitish, or fuscous; suffused throughout with fuscous (and with darker bars); without a basal streak; lacking well defined pale strigulae (unreliably interpretable in the usual terms, in that the wing presents the appearance of four ill defined costal and three dorsal, dark strigulae on a lighter background); without transverse pale fasciae.

Adults abroad in August, or October to December, or January to May (hibernating).

Illustrations. • P. comparella and food-plant. • “Lithocelletis populifoliella”, cf. P. comparella; P. staintoniella; P. quinquenotella (North American): Stainton (1855), Plate VII. • Stainton (1855), Plate VII: original legend..


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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. http://delta-intkey.com’.

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