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
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
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
Hosts in Great Britain & Ireland:
elsewhere: Currently unknown.
of year - larvae: September - May (British
of year - adults: Currently unknown.
in Great Britain & Ireland: Widespread in southern England
leafminers) including Fleet, Hampshire (British
leafminers); East Norfolk (VC27), East Suffolk (VC25), South Essex and Worcestershire (VC37) (NBN
See also British
leafminers distribution map.
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elsewhere: Continental Europe including French mainland, Greek
mainland, Italian mainland (Karsholt and van Nieukerken in Fauna Europaea).
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British and Irish Parasitoids in Britain and elsewhere: Currently unknown.