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4.045 Stigmella aurella (Fabricius, 1775)
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Food Plant: Rubus (Bramble), Geum, Fragaria, Agrimonia

Egg: Either leaf surface

Mine: May-June, July-August, October-March

Notes: A common leaf miner. A long gallery with dispersed frass. The larva is amber-yellow, head yellowish-brown. The mine shown is on Fragaria sp. (Strawberry) and the moth was reared.It turmed out to be S.aurella rather then S.splendidissimella. This shows the care that needs to be taken in identifying these two species.

Data: 05.x.2014, Selsley, Glos. VC34.

Image:© Guy Meredith

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