/ borer and case-bearer: Initially the larva feeds on seeds, boring into seedpods. It makes
a case from calyx parts in late summer, which is covered in hairs,
and continues feeding by boring into more seedpods (British
Larva: The larvae of moths have a head capsule and chewing mouthparts with opposable mandibles (see video of a gracillarid larva feeding), six thoracic legs and abdominal legs (see examples).
Pupa: The pupae of moths have visible head appendages, wings and legs which lie in sheaths (see examples).
The adult is illustrated in UKMoths.
genitalia are illustrated by the Lepidoptera Dissection Group.
Hosts in Great Britain & Ireland:
elsewhere: Currently unknown.
of year - larvae: July - April. In November the larva makes
a case from silk, in which it over winters (British
of year - adults: Currently unknown.
in Great Britain & Ireland: Widespread in Britain including
Banffshire (VC94), Bedfordshire (VC30), Breconshire (VC42), Buckinghamshire (VC24), Caernarvonshire (VC49), Cumberland (VC70),
East Cornwall (VC2), East Kent (VC15), East Norfolk (VC27), East Suffolk (VC25), East Sutherland (VC107),
Easterness (VC96), Elgin, Flintshire (VC51), Glamorganshire (VC41), Kincardineshire (VC91), Merionethshire (VC48),
North Aberdeenshire (VC93), North Essex (VC19), North Somerset (VC6), Pembrokeshire (VC45), Shropshire (VC40),
South Aberdeenshire (VC92), South Devon (VC3), South Essex (VC18), South Lancashire (VC59), South Somerset (VC5), South Wiltshire (VC8), South-west Yorkshire (VC63), Staffordshire (VC39), Surrey (VC17),
Warwickshire (VC38), West Cornwall (VC1), West Gloucestershire (VC34), West Kent (VC16), West Lancashire (VC60), West Norfolk (VC28), West Suffolk (VC26) and Worcestershire (VC37) (NBN
Also recorded from Chorlton, Manchester, Lancs (British
leafminers), and the Channel Is. (Karsholt and van Nieukerken in Fauna Europaea).
recorded from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland
(Karsholt and van Nieukerken in Fauna Europaea). See also Ireland's NBDC interactive map.
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elsewhere: Widespread in continental Europe including Belgium,
French mainland, Portuguese mainland, Sicily, Spanish mainland,
The Netherlands (Karsholt and van Nieukerken in Fauna Europaea)
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