British Insects: the Genus Phyllonorycter (Lepidoptera-Gracillariidae)


L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Phyllonorycter ulicicolella (Stainton)

Associated with shrubs. On Leguminosae; Ulex.

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

Adults. Antennae greyish white, ringed grey. Face white. Head orange and fuscous. Thorax shining saffron yellow.

Wing-span 6–8 mm. Forewings bright, shining golden ochreous; not clear shining white; not suffused throughout with fuscous; with a well defined basal streak (this fairly straight, narrow, reaching almost to the middle). The basal streak pale; straight, neither markedly long and slender nor sinuate; not dark-edged above. Forewings with well defined pale strigulae (these silvery white, none dark-edged). 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 white to fuscous (whitish-fuscous, slightly golden).

Adults abroad June to July.

Illustrations. • Phyllonorycter ulicicolella and 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.’.