The leaf and stem mines of British flies and other insects

(Coleoptera, Diptera, Hymenoptera and Lepidoptera)

by Brian Pitkin, Willem Ellis, Colin Plant and Rob Edmunds

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Ectoedemia atrifrontella (Stainton, 1851)
[Lepidoptera: Nepticulidae]

Ectoedemia atrifrontella (Stainton, 1851)

Bark-miner: Mines in the young green bark (British leafminers). The mine is illustrated in UKMoths and British leafminers.

Ectoedemia atrifrontella

Mines of Ectoedemia atrifrontella on Quercus
Image: Rob Edmunds (British leafminers)

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: Details unknown.

Adult: The adult is not illustrated in UKMoths (check for update). The male and female genitalia are illustrated by the Lepidoptera Dissection Group.

Hosts in Great Britain & Ireland:

Quercus       British leafminers

Hosts elsewhere: Currently unknown

Time of year - larvae: Can be found all year, with fully grown larvae late May and June (British leafminers).

Time of year - adults: End of July. It can also overwinter and be found again in April and May (UKMoths).

Distribution in Great Britain & Ireland: A local species occurring in south-east and southern England, though it is easily overlooked (UKMoths).

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Distribution elsewhere: Widespread in continental Europe including Austria, Czech Republic, Danish mainland, Finland, French mainland, Germany, Greek mainland, Hungary, Italian mainland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norwegian mainland, Portuguese mainland, Romania, Russia - Central, Sicily, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spanish mainland, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlans, Ukaine Also recorded in the Near East (Karsholt and van Nieukerken in Fauna Europaea).

NBN Interactive Grid Maps of known host species:

Host species unknown.

British and Irish Parasitoids in Britain and elsewhere: Currently unknown.

External links: Search the internet:

Belgian Lepidoptera
Biodiversity Heritage Library
British leafminers
Bladmineerders van Europa
Encyclopedia of Life
Fauna Europaea
NBN Gateway
NHM UK Checklist

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