The larva lives among spun leaves, mining them from this position
by gnawing irregular, more or less oval holes in the epidermis and
eating from there the leaf tissue. Obviously, the mines contain
little or no frass (Bladmineerders van Europa).
The leaves are spun together and mined. There is no frass in the mines and the larvae enter through holes they make. The leaves become yellowish in colour (British
|Mine of Syncopacma albipalpella on Genista anglica
Image: © Rob Edmunds (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).
Body dull crimson, but thorax 2 to abdomen 2 light ochreous-yellow;
pinacula minuta, black. Head and prothoracic plate light yellowish-brown,
latter with some black markings. Thoracic legs and anal plate black
(Bladmineerders van Europa).
Pupa: The pupae of moths have visible head appendages, wings and legs which lie in sheaths (see examples).
The adult is not illustrated in UKMoths (check for update). The genitalia are not illustrated by the Lepidoptera
Dissection Group (check for update).
Hosts in Great Britain & Ireland:
of year - larvae: Currently unknown.
of year - adults: Currently unknown.
in Great Britain & Ireland: Britain including East Norfolk (VC27),
East Suffolk and East Sussex (NBN
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elsewhere: Widespread in continental Europe including Austria,
Belgium, French mainland, Germany, ? Hungary, Italian mainland,
? Sicily, Spanish mainland and The Netherlands (Karsholt and van
Nieukerken in Fauna Europaea).
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British and Irish Parasitoids in Britain and elsewhere: Currently unknown.