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35.114 Scrobipalpa instabilella (Douglas, 1846)
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frass is emptied from a round hole in the leaf

 

Food Plant: Atriplex portulacoides (Sea purslane), Atriplex littoralis (Grass-leaved orache), Aster tripolium (Sea aster), Plantago coronatus (Buck's-horn plantain), Salicornia europaea (Common glasswort)

Mine: March - May

Pupa: In a mud-covered cocoon on the ground

Notes: Found around the coasts of England, on salt marshes, mudflat and the banks of estuarine rivers. The mine on Sea purslane (illustrated) can look inflated and the frass is emptied by a round hole in the leaf. The food plant leaves can be spun together.

National Status: Nationally Scarce B

Bradley No: 812

Gelechiid Recording Scheme: http://www.gelechiid.co.uk/species/scrobipalpa-instabilella

Data: 01.ii.2004, Thornham, Norfolk, VC27

Image:© Rob Edmunds

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