British Insects: the Genus Phyllonorycter (Lepidoptera-Gracillariidae)

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Phyllonorycter mespilella (Hübner)

Synonyms: Phyllonorycter pomifoliella (Zeller), Phyllonorycter pyrivorella (Bankes).

Associated with trees. On Rosaceae; Malus, Prunus, Sorbus, and Pyrus.

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

Adults. Face white. Head orange, or fuscous. Thorax dark fuscous, or brown (or coppery).

Wing-span 7–9 mm. Forewings fuscous orange (in the male), or brownish orange (in the female); with a well defined basal streak (this narrow to rather broad, straightish, reaching to about a third). The basal streak pale; dark-edged above (and at its apex beneath). Forewings with well defined pale strigulae (these white, rather shining). 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 (whitish fuscous or slightly coppery). Posterior tarsi with dark spots.

Adults abroad April to May, or July and August.

Illustrations. • Two forms of Phyllonorycter mespilella, with food-plants. • P. mespilella (as torminella), P. spinicolella and P. maestingella (as faginella): Stainton (1855) Plate III, under Lithocolletis. • Stainton (1855), Plate III: original legend. • P. mespilella (Hübner) and 5 other species: Hübner, 1796–1819.


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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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