British Insects: the Genus Phyllonorycter (Lepidoptera-Gracillariidae)


L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Phyllonorycter junoniella (Zeller)

Synonym: Phyllonorycter vacciniella (Stainton).

Associated with shrubs. On Ericaceae; Vaccinium (usually associated with the evergreen V. vitis-idaea (Cowberry), but Jacobs referred to "Bilberry").

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

Adults. Antennae coloured (shining golden). Face white. Head orange. Thorax orange, or brown; without a median pale streak.

Wing-span 7–8 mm. Forewings shining golden ochreous; not clear shining white; with a well defined basal streak (this somewhat broadening, traversing about a third of the wing). The basal streak pale; dark-edged above. Forewings with well defined pale strigulae (shining white). 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 fuscous.

Adults abroad May to June, or August.

Illustrations. • Phyllonorycter junoniella (specimen): photo. • P. junoniella, on Vaccinium. • P. lantanella , P. junoniella (as vacciniella) and P. nigrescentella (as bremiella): Stainton (1855) Plate IV, under Lithocolletis. • Stainton (1855), Plate IV: 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.’.