British Insects: the Genus Phyllonorycter (Lepidoptera-Gracillariidae)


L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Phyllonorycter nigrescentella (Logan)

Associated with herbs. On Leguminosae; Lathyrus, Trifolium, and Vicia (and Medicago?).

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

Adults. Antennae basally golden, then shining white. Face silvery. Head brown (with a golden sheen). Thorax orange, or brown.

Wing-span 8–9 mm. Forewings golden ochreous; with a well defined basal streak (this straight, traversing about a third of the wing). The basal streak pale; dark-edged above. Forewings with well defined pale strigulae (shining white). Costal strigulae 4. Dorsal strigulae 3. Forewings with the first costal strigula not forming an acute angle with a dorsal one; without transverse pale fasciae (the first pair of strigulae separated by their darkened tips). Hindwing cilia whitish fuscous.

Adults abroad April to May, or August.

Illustrations. • Phyllonorycter nigrescentella, 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.’.