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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Oxyptilus pilosellae (Zeller, 1841)
[Lepidoptera: Pterophoridae]

Downland Plume

Pterophorus pilosellae Zeller, 1841. Isis. Jena. 25 (10): 789, pl. 4 fig. 27.
Pterophorus bohemanni
Wallengren, 1862. Skand. fjâd.: 16.
Oxyptilus pilosellae
(Zeller, 1841).

? ? 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 not illustrated in UKMoths (check for update). The adult is illustrated in the Encyclopedia of Life. The male genitalia, but not the feamle genitalia (check for update), are illustrated by the Lepidoptera Dissection Group.

Hosts in Great Britain & Ireland:

Pilosella officinarum Mouse-ear-hawkweed British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Pitkin & Plant

Hosts elsewhere: Currently unknown.

Time of year - larvae: Currently unknown.

Time of year - adults: Currently unknown.

Distribution in Great Britain & Ireland: Britain including East Kent (NBN Gateway).

NBN Grid Map:

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Oxyptilus pilosellae
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Distribution elsewhere: Widespread in continental Europe including Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Danish mainland, Estonia, Finland, French mainland, Germany, Hungary, Italian mainland, Kaliningrad Region, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Norwegian mainland, Poland, Romania, Russia - Central, Northwest and South, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spanish mainland, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands and Yugoslavia (Karsholt and van Nieukerken in Fauna Europaea).

NBN Interactive Grid Maps of known host species:

Pilosella officinarum

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

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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