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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Gelechia senticetella (Hübner, 1817)
[Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae]

Cypress Groundling

Tines senticetella Hübner, 1817. Ent. Ztg. Stett. 20: 238.
Gelechia senticetella
(Hübner, 1817).

? ? Leaf-miner: Details unknown.

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).

Adult: The adult is illustrated in UKMoths. The male and female genitalia are illustrated by the Lepidoptera Dissection Group.

Hosts in Great Britain & Ireland:

Chamaecyparis       UKMoths
Chamaecyparis       Pitkin & Plant
Cupressus       UKMoths
Juniperus       UKMoths

Hosts elsewhere:

Cupressus       Belgian Lepidoptera
Thuja       Belgian Lepidoptera

Time of year - larvae: Currently unknown.

Time of year - adults: The adults fly in July and August and are most often found in garden light-traps (UKMoths).

Distribution in Great Britain & Ireland: A species which appears to be on the increase. It is believed to have been introduced with the foodplant and first appeared in Essex in 1988. Since then there have been quite a number of records, mostly from the south-east of England (UKMoths) including Bedfordshire (VC30), Buckinghamshire (VC24), East Suffolk (VC25), Hertfordshire (VC20), Middlesex and West Kent (NBN Gateway ).

NBN Grid Map:

NBN Grid Map

Gelechia senticetella
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Distribution elsewhere: Widespread in continental Europe including Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, French mainland, Germany, Greek mainland, Hungary, Italian mainland, Macedonia, Sicily, Slovakia, Spanish mainland, Switzerland and Ukraine (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:

Glyptapanteles vitripennis (Curtis, 1830) Braconidae: Microgastrinae
Bracon stabilis (Wesmael, 1838) Braconidae: Braconinae
Phanerotoma tritoma (Marshall, 1898) Braconidae: Cheloninae

External links: Search the internet:

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

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