British Insects: the Genus Phyllonorycter (Lepidoptera-Gracillariidae)

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Phyllonorycter lautella (Zeller)

Associated with trees (said by Jacobs to prefer seedlings and saplings, but probably not confined to Q. petraea as implied by him). On Fagaceae; native (deciduous) Quercus.

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

Adults. Face leaden metallic coloured. Head black. Thorax shining-metallic; silvery or leaden.

Wing-span 6–8 mm. Forewings ochreous orange, or golden brown; with a well defined basal streak (this short, traversing to a third of the wing or less). The basal streak pale; dark-edged above. Forewings with well defined pale strigulae (silvery white, set in pairs). Costal strigulae 3. Dorsal strigulae 3. Forewings without transverse pale fasciae (the first pair of strigulae not quite coalescing). Hindwing cilia fuscous.

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. http://delta-intkey.com’.

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