British Insects: the Genus Phyllonorycter (Lepidoptera-Gracillariidae)
Synonym: padella (Glitz).
Associated with trees. On Rosaceae; Prunus and Sorbus.
Larvae. The larvae mining in leaves; in the under-side. Found in July, or September to October.
Adults. Antennae shining grey, with darker ringing. Face white. Head orange, or brown (ferrugineous). Collar white. Thorax ochreous; with a conspicuous median pale streak.
Wing-span 7–9 mm. Forewings light golden ochreous; with a well defined basal streak (this straight, traversing to about a third of the wing). The basal streak pale; dark-edged above. Forewings with well defined pale strigulae (these white). Costal strigulae 4. Dorsal strigulae 3. Forewings with the first costal strigula approaching a dorsal one at an acute angle; without transverse pale fasciae. Hindwing cilia whitish with a coppery sheen. Posterior tarsi whitish, without dark spots.
Adults abroad April to May, or August.
Illustrations. • Phyllonorycter sorbi and a 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. http://delta-intkey.com’.