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35.031 Helcystogramma rufescens (Howarth, 1828)
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the larva feeding causes the leaf tip to blanch

Food Plant: Poa spp. (Meadow grasses), Arrhenatherum elatius (false-oat grass) and other grass species

Mine: April-July

Notes: The larva spins grass blades and feeds inside the spiral spinning, causing whitening of the grass blade tip. It changes leaves several times in the course of its development. A widespread miner in England and Wales, found in rough grassland.

National Status: Common

Bradley No: 868

Gelechiid Recording Scheme: http://www.gelechiid.co.uk/species/helcystogramma-rufescens

Data: 14.vi.05, Hardy Farm, Chorlton, Manchester VC59

Image:© Ben Smart

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