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14.002 Bucculatrix nigricomella (Zeller, 1839)
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Food Plant: Leucanthemum vulgare (Ox-eye daisy)

Egg: Upperside of leaf

Mine: September-April; July

Notes: A long thin mine is formed by the larva. The early mine is shown here. The larva can swap mines or leaves. A moulting cocoonet is formed under a leaf (shown by the larva beneath the leaf - to the left, lower part of the midrib opposite) and the cocoon is formed on the stem or another plant. The larva feeds externally on the leaf in the later stages (as shown).

Data: iv.2004, St.Helens, Lancs, VC59

Image:© Ben Smart

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