Lep: Momphidae
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40.007 Mompha bradleyi Riedl,1965
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forms galls, which may be red

 

Food Plant: Epiobium hirsutum (Great Willowherb)

Gall: July

Notes: The larva lives in the pith of the stem, causing galling. It generally feeds upwards and prefers flowering side stalks. The gall may be red (as shown). Widely distributed, but possibly overlooked. Occurs in marshes, damp fields and ditches. May occur in dry habitats in urban areas.

National Status: Nationally Scarce B

Bradley No: 889a

Data: 14.viii.2011, Hilsea Lines NR, Portsmouth, Hants, VC11

Image:© John Langmaid

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