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Cameraria gaultheriella (Walsingham, 1889)
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blotch mine is formed

Food Plant: Gaultheria shallon (Salal)

Mine:

Notes: Blotch mines are formed on the upper surface of a leaf. Mines were first found in the UK in a bunch of flowers from a florist in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, in 2007 by Robert Homan. Dave Wilton (2009) then found a mine, with a living larva, in a mixed bunch of flowers from Tescos at Broadfields, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire on 21.xii.2008. The larva survived in a damaged leaf until 17.01.2009, before perishing. A native species from North America and Canada.

Data: 23.xii.2009, Aylesbury, Bucks., VC24

Image:© Dave Wilton

References:
Wilton, D (2009), The possible arrival of Cameraria gaultheriella (Walsingham) (Lep.: Gracillariidae) in Britain, Entomologist’s Rec. J. Var. 121(3), 123-124

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