British Insects: the Genus Phyllonorycter (Lepidoptera-Gracillariidae)

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Phyllonorycter messaniella (Zeller)

Associated with trees. On Carpinaceae (rarely), or Fagaceae; Carpinus (rarely), native (deciduous) Quercus (sometimes), Quercus ilex (evergreen) (usually).

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

Adults. Face white. Head yellow. Thorax yellow.

Wing-span 8–10 mm. Forewings light golden ochreous; not clear shining white; with a well defined basal streak (this narrow, reaching almost to the middle). The basal streak pale; dark-edged above. Forewings with well defined pale strigulae. Costal strigulae 4; faintly pale yellow. Dorsal strigulae 4. Forewings with the first costal strigula approaching a dorsal one at an acute angle; without transverse pale fasciae. Hindwing cilia fuscous.

Adults abroad May, August, and November.

Illustrations. • The 9 species on deciduous oak. • British Phyllonorycter (Lithocolletis: 49 species). • P. acerifoliella (as sylvella), P. messaniella and P. ulmifoliella: Stainton (1855) Plate VI, under Lithocolletis. • Stainton (1855), Plate VI: original legend.. • Phyllonorycter messaniella (specimens): photo.


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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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