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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Syncopacma suecicella (Wolff, 1958)
[Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae]

Western Sober

Stomopteryx suecicella Wolff, 1958. Ent. Midd. 28: 268.
Syncopacma suecicella
(Wolff, 1958).

Leaf-mine/Leaf-spinner: The larvae may mine the leaves and are found between spun leaves (British leafminers). The larva feeds between spun leaves, often mining them (Bladmineerders van Europa).

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 reddish purple, marbled with grey; pinacula minute, black, ringed grey. Head honey-coloured, with posterolateral black markings. Prothoracic plate, anal plate, and thoracic legs black (Bladmineerders van Europa).

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 genitalia are not illustrated by the Lepidoptera Dissection Group (check for update).

Hosts in Great Britain & Ireland:

Genista pilosa Hairy Greenweed British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Pitkin & Plant
Genista pilosa Hairy Greenweed British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. British leafminers

Hosts elsewhere:

Genista pilosa Hairy Greenweed British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Bladmineerders van Europa

Time of year - larvae: Found throughout the winter, with fully fed larvae in May-June (British leafminers).

Time of year - adults: Currently unknown.

Distribution in Great Britain & Ireland: Britain including West Cornwall (NBN Gateway).

NBN Grid Map:

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Syncopacma suecicella
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Distribution elsewhere: Widespread in continental Europe including Austria, Czech Republic, Danish mainland, French mainland, Germany, Greek mainland, Hungary, Italian mainland, Sardinia, Slovakia, Spanish mainland and Sweden (Karsholt and van Nieukerken in Fauna Europaea).

NBN Interactive Grid Maps of known host species:

Genista pilosa

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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