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A new record for the British Isles of the vacated mine of Phyllocnistis citrella (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae)
Robert Homan discovered this satsuma amongst those purchased from his local supermarket, in Cheltenham, on Christmas Eve.

It has the characteristic track, made on the surface, of Phyllocnistis citrella and it seems to be the first British Record of the vacated mine of this species. The pupa or adult have yet to be found.

It was in a net bag containing several of these citrus fruits, which were thought to have originated from either Spain or Turkey.

It was found last year in Holland by Ben van As, on fruits originating from Morocco (see previous newsletter ), although the first Dutch record was in 1995.

The larva has made a twisting track over the surface of the satsuma and a central frass line can be seen here.




Images:© Robert Homan, December 2004

Recent miner articles:
Altenhofer, E, 2003. Minierende Blattwespen (Hym.:Symphyta): ihre Minenformen, Wirtspflanzen, Ökologie und Biologie - Gredleriana, 3: 5-24.

Edmunds, R, 2004, The spread of Cameraria ohridella (Lep: Gracillariidae) into Hampshire - Entomologist's Rec. J. Var. 116:228-229

Nieukerken, E. J. van &  R. Johansson, 2003. The Quercus feeding Stigmella species of the West Palaearctic: new species, key and distribution (Lepidoptera: Nepticulidae). - Tijdschrift voor Entomologie 146 (2): 307-370 

Parsons, M & Sterling, P, 2004. Cosmopterix pulchrimella Stt. Now resident in Mainland Britain - Atropos 23: 23-25 

Newsletter of leafmines.co.uk                                                                           December 2004