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Scolioneura vicina Konow, 1894
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fforms blotch mines at the leaf edge


Food Plant: Betula pendula (Silver Birch), B.verrucosa (White Birch)

Egg: at the edge of a leaf

Mine: May - June

Notes: This is the early season miner on this plant; mines formed later in the season are due to Scolioneura betuleti. Blotch mines are formed at the leaf edge. There may be more than one mine in a leaf. The larva is pale green, with a brown head. A female was found in May 1942 in Ireland (Liston and O'Connor, 2005). Leppänen, Altenhofer, Liston & Nyman (2012) showed, by barcoding, that S.vicina was identical genetically to Scolioneura betuleti. UKSI have now grouped S.vicina uner the senior name of S.betuleti.

Data: 22.vi.2006, ex mine 20.vi.2006, Etzen, Austria, Ewald Altenhofer

Image:© Rob Edmunds

Leppänen S, Altenhofer E, Liston A & Nyman T(2012)- Phylogenetics and evolution of host-plant use in leaf-mining sawflies (Hymenoptera: Tenthredinidae: Heterarthrinae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 64: 331-341.

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