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

N.B. Links to the latest version of 'Leafminers and plant galls of Europe' are being edited

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Phyllonorycter ulicicolella (Stainton, 1851)
[Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae]

Gorse Midget


Phyllonorycter ulicicolella (Stainton, 1851).


Leaf-miner: A rarely found mine. The larva feeds in the epidermis and in this mine a clear area can be seen at the top of the mine, with frass deposited lower down (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: The pupae of moths have visible head appendages, wings and legs which lie in sheaths (see examples).

Within the mine (British leafminers).

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

Hosts in Great Britain & Ireland:

Betulaceae        
Ulex europaeus Gorse British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. British leafminers

Hosts elsewhere: Currently unknown.

Time of year - larvae: September - May (British leafminers).

Time of year - adults: Currently unknown.

Distribution in Great Britain & Ireland: Widespread in southern England (British leafminers) including Fleet, Hampshire (British leafminers); East Norfolk, East Suffolk, South Essex and Worcestershire (NBN Atlas).

See also British leafminers distribution map.

Distribution elsewhere: Continental Europe including French mainland, Greek mainland, Italian mainland (Karsholt and van Nieukerken in Fauna Europaea).

NBN Atlas links to known host species:

Ulex europaeus

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 Atlas
NHM UK Checklist
UKMoths
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