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38.039 Elachista maculicerusella (Bruand, 1859)
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the frass is scattered in the top part of the mine

Food Plant: Phalaris arundinacea (Reed canary-grass), Common Reed (Phragmites communis) and other grasses such as Dactylis glomerata (Cock's-foot), Meadow Grass (Poa spp.).

Egg : Apical part of the leaf -often near the tip

Mine: October - June; July

Notes: Makes a large whitish blotch as the larva mines the leaf downwards (as shown). The frass tends to be deposited in the upper part of the mine. The larva left the mine on 29.iv.2006 and pupated on 01.v.2006. Adult emerged 11.v.2006.

Synonmy: Elachista monosemiella, Elachista cerusella

National Status: Common

Data: 28.iv.2006, Chorlton, Manchester, VC59

Image:© Ben Smart

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