British Insects: the Genus Phyllonorycter (Lepidoptera-Gracillariidae)

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Phyllonorycter staintoniella (Nicelli)

Associated with shrubs. On Leguminosae; Genista (G. pilosa).

Larvae. The larvae mining in leaves; in the upper-side. Found in May and August.

Adults. Antennae coloured (whitish, annulated with fuscous). Face and palpi white. Head ochreous to brown. Thorax reddish ochreous (with a whitish line down each side).

Wing-span about 8–9.5 mm. Forewings pale reddish ochreous; lacking dark transverse fasciae; with a well defined basal streak. The basal streak pale; markedly bent; not dark-edged above. Forewings with well defined pale strigulae. Costal strigulae 4; white (-ish to pale ochreous). The first costal strigula not basipetally extended along the costa; not dark-margined posteriorly. Dorsal strigulae 3. Forewings with the first costal strigula approaching a dorsal one at an acute angle; without transverse pale fasciae. Hindwing cilia fuscous (or pale grey). Posterior tarsi whitish, without dark spots.

Adults abroad May and September.

General comments. Recognised as ‘British’ by Stainton in 1855, but subsequently excluded from check lists; re-discovered in 1983, in Cornwall.

Illustrations. • “Lithocelletis populifoliella”, cf. P. comparella; P. staintoniella; P. quinquenotella (North American): Stainton (1855), Plate VII. • Stainton (1855), Plate VII: 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. http://delta-intkey.com’.

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