British Insects: the Genus Phyllonorycter (Lepidoptera-Gracillariidae)


L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Phyllonorycter scopariella (Zeller)

Associated with shrubs. On Leguminosae; Cytisus.

Larvae. The larvae mining in shoots, or under bark. Found in August to December, or January to May (hibernating).

Adults. Antennae silvery white to the base. Face white. Head dark fuscous. Thorax whitish, dusted fuscous.

Wing-span 7–8 mm. Forewings rather dull golden ochreous (liberally dusted with darker brown scales); with a well defined basal streak (this traversing to near the middle of the wing). The basal streak pale; markedly bent (bending upwards and more or less connecting with the apex of the first costal strigula); not dark-edged above. Forewings with well defined pale strigulae (these white). Costal strigulae 5. Dorsal strigulae 4. Forewings with one transverse pale fascia (the second costal strigula meeting the first dorsal). Hindwing cilia light brownish fuscous.

Adults abroad June to July.

Illustrations. • Phyllonorycter scopariella, with food-plant.

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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.’.