British Insects: the Genus Phyllonorycter (Lepidoptera-Gracillariidae)


L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Phyllonorycter nicellii (Stainton)

Synonym: Phyllonorycter dunningiella (Stainton).

Associated with trees. On Corylaceae; Corylus.

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

Adults. Face white. Head orange. Thorax light brown; not shining-metallic.

Wing-span 7–9 mm. Forewings shining golden ochreous, or golden brown, or brown; not clear shining white; without a basal streak; with well defined pale strigulae (these white). Costal strigulae 4. The fasciae and strigulae inwardly sharply dark-edged. Dorsal strigulae 4. Forewings with the first costal strigula not forming an acute angle with a dorsal one; with two transverse pale fasciae (via coalescence of the first two pairs of strigulae, which are indistinguishable as entities); with two costal spots beyond the second fascia (these whitish). Hindwing cilia light brownish fuscous.

Adults abroad May and August.

Illustrations. • Phyllonocycter species on Hazel.

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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.’.