British Insects: the Genus Phyllonorycter (Lepidoptera-Gracillariidae)


L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Phyllonorycter quinnata (Geoffroy)

Synonyms: Phyllonorycter carpinicolella (Stainton), (?)Phyllonorycter esperella Goeze.

Associated with shrubs. On Betulaceae; Carpinus.

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

Adults. Face white. Head white and fuscous. Thorax light ochreous; without a median pale streak.

Wing-span 7–9 mm. Forewings light golden ochreous; not clear shining white; not suffused throughout with fuscous; with a well defined basal streak (this straight, narrow, pointed, reaching almost to the middle). The basal streak pale; dark-edged above to not dark-edged above. Forewings with well defined pale strigulae (these shining white). Costal strigulae 4. The first costal strigula extended basipetally along the costa. 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). Posterior tarsi with dark spots.

Adults abroad May and August.

Illustrations. • Species on Hornbeam in Britain. • P. corylifoliella, P. coryli and P. quinnata (as carpinicolella): Stainton (1855) Plate II, under Lithocolletis. • Stainton (1855), Plate II: 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.’.