British Insects: the Genus Phyllonorycter (Lepidoptera-Gracillariidae)


L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Phyllonorycter tristrigella (Haworth)

Synonym: Phyllonorycter strigifasciella (Stainton).

Associated with trees. On Ulmaceae; Ulmus.

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

Adults. Face whitish. Head brown. Thorax cinnamon brown; not shining-metallic.

Wing-span 7–9 mm. Forewings shining golden brownish orange; not clear shining white; without a basal streak; with well defined pale strigulae (shading from whitish to brown). Costal strigulae 4. Dorsal strigulae 3, or 4. Forewings with the first costal strigula not forming an acute angle with a dorsal one; with two transverse pale fasciae, or with three transverse pale fasciae (the first two pairs of strigulae being coalesced and indistinguishable as entities, the third pair constituting a markedly angled fascia that tends to be interrupted). Hindwing cilia fuscous.

Adults abroad May and August.

Illustrations. • Phyllonorycter species on Elm. • Phyllonorycter tristrigella (specimen): photo.

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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.’.