British Insects: the Genus Phyllonorycter (Lepidoptera-Gracillariidae)


L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Phyllonorycter distentella (Zeller)

Associated with trees. On Fagaceae; native (deciduous) Quercus.

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

Adults. Face white. Head white, or white and fuscous. Collar light ochreous. Thorax white and fuscous; not shining-metallic; without a median pale streak.

Wing-span 8–9 mm. Forewings pale shining ochreous, or golden ochreous; not clear shining white; with a well defined basal streak (this traversing about a third of the wing). The basal streak pale; not dark-edged above. Forewings with well defined pale strigulae (four costal, two dorsal). Costal strigulae 4. Dorsal strigulae 3. Forewings with the first costal strigula approaching a dorsal one at an acute angle; without transverse pale fasciae. Hindwing cilia white to fuscous (or brownish). Posterior tarsi whitish, without dark spots.

Adults abroad May and August.

Illustrations. • The 9 species on deciduous oak.

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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.’.