British Insects: the Genus Phyllonorycter (Lepidoptera-Gracillariidae)

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Phyllonorycter viminetorum (Stainton)

Associated with shrubs and herbs. On Salicaceae; Salix (S. viminalis).

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

Adults. Antennae whitish towards the their tips. Face slightly brassy white. Head dark fuscous. Thorax brassy brown.

Wing-span 7–9 mm. Forewings golden brown, or brassy brown; with a well defined basal streak (this narrow). The basal streak pale; markedly bent (somewhat bent upwards from the middle, traversing about a third of the wing, at the bend coalescing with the first dorsal strigula); not dark-edged above (but somewhat dark-edged beneath). Forewings with well defined pale strigulae. Costal strigulae 4, or 5 (via an ill defined outer one). Dorsal strigulae 4. Forewings with the first costal strigula not forming an acute angle with a dorsal one; with one transverse pale fascia (via the first costal and the second dorsal), or without transverse pale fasciae. Hindwing cilia brassy fuscous.

Adults abroad May and August.

Illustrations. • 5 species on Salix in Britain. See notes for legend. • P. viminetorum, P. salicolella and P. salictella viminiella: Stainton (1855) Plate I, under Lithocolletis. • Stainton (1855), Plate I: 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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