British Insects: the Genus Phyllonorycter (Lepidoptera-Gracillariidae)

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Phyllonorycter lantanella (Schrank)

Associated with shrubs. On Viburnaceae; Viburnum (also, rarely, on Sorbus aucuparia).

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

Adults. Antennae coloured (whitish golden, ringed fuscous). Face white. Head orange. Thorax golden yellow; with a conspicuous median pale streak.

Wing-span 8–9 mm. Forewings light golden ochreous; not clear shining white; with a well defined basal streak (this traversing about a third of the wing). The basal streak pale; dark-edged above. Forewings with well defined pale strigulae (shining silvery 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 (with a golden sheen).

Adults abroad May and August.

General comments. The dorsum narrowly white edged near its base.

Illustrations. • P. lantanella with food-plants. • 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. http://delta-intkey.com’.

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