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4.076 Ectoedemia decentella (Herrich-Schäffer, 1855)
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Food Plant: Acer pseudoplatanus (Sycamore)

Egg: laid on the wing of a samara in June, whereas in late summer it is laid on a bud, which develops next spring.

Mine: Sept-May; July

Notes: In the spring the larvae eat out a flower bud, whereas the summer generation are said to eat the seeds in a samara. The mined wings of a samara are very rarely seen (due to being high up in the tree? (Robbins, 1989)). Mostly this species is encountered as an adult.

National Status: Nationally Scarce B

Bradley No: 20

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References:
Heath, J, 1983, The Moths and Butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland, Volume 1
Hering, M, 1957, Bestimmungstabellen der Blattminen von Europa

Langmaid, JR, Palmer, SM & Young, MR, 2018, A Field Guide to the Smaller Moths of Great Britain and Ireland
Robbins,J, 1989, A Provisional Atlas of the Leaf Miners of Warwickshire

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