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Recent miner articles:

Agassiz, D (2005) Dialectia scalariella (Zeller, 1850) (Lep.:Gracillariidae) new to the British Isles, Entomologist's Rec J.Var. 117, p95-96

Bond, K (2005) Coleophora sternipennella (Zetterstedt, 1839) (Lepidoptera: Coleophoridae) new to Ireland, Ent Gazette 56, p65

Bond, K and Ashe, P Phyllonorycter leucographella (Zeller, 1850) (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae) new to Ireland, Ent. Gazette 56, p80

Collins, A and Porter, J (2005), Elachista nobilella Zeller, 1839 (Lep.:Elachistidae), a micro-moth new to Britain, Entomologist's Rec J.Var. 117, p133-137

Edmunds, R (2005), Phyllonorycter ulicicolella (Stt) (Lep:Gracillariidae) - a first description of the larva, Entomologist's Rec J.Var. 117, p169

Gibbs, D (2004) Agromyza audcenti so. n. (Diptera, Agromyzidae) from the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, Great Britain, Dipterists Forum 11, p99-102

Gibbs, D (2005), Cerodontha rohdendorfi Nowakowski and Cerodontha staryi (Starư) (Diptera: Agromyzidae) new to Britain, Brit.J.Ent.Nat.His. 18, p101-103

Homan, R (2005), Phyllocnistis citrella Stainton (Lep.: Gracillaridae) A Record of a vacated mine imported to Great Britain, December 2004, Entomologist's Rec J.Var. 117, p79

Manning, D and Woiwood, I (2005), Two new records of Microlepidoptera from Bedfordshire - Caloptilia falconipennella (hb.) and Eucosma tripoliana (Barrett), and the confirmation of one from a hundred years ago, Entomologist's Rec J.Var. 117, p147

Parsons, M and Sterling, P (2004) Cosmopterix pulchrimella Stt. Now Resident in Mainland Britain, Atropos 23, p23-25

Phytoliriomyza melampyga (Zetterstedt, 1848) (Dip:Agromyzidae) - an Impatiens miner.
Phytoliriomyza melampyga is a dipterous miner found on various Impatiens (Balsam) species - in particular I. noli-tangere (Touch-me-not Balsam) and I. parviflora (Small Balsam).

Colin Plant found mines on another Impatiens species - Policeman's Helmet (Impatiens glandulifera) at Craig-yr-Hudol, Glamorganshire, 26th July 2005.

Brian Pitkin has collected this species on Impatiens glandulifera and parviflora  at numerous localities in Surrey.

The mines are distinctive and there are no other recorded species on Impatiens in Britain.

It has a local distribution and is widespread in Europe.

Image:© Colin Plant

Phyllonorycter quinnata (Geoffrey, 1785) is now Phyllonorycter esperella (Goeze, 1783)
Some names will be now changed on this website to bring them in line with the recent changes in the list of Microlepidoptera since 2000, summarised by Agassiz and Langmaid (2005) in Entomologist's Rec J.Var. 117, p143-147.

Some of these changes affect the leaf mining leidoptera so that Phyllonoryceter quinatta is now Phyllonorycter esperella and Elachista megerlella becomes Elachista obliquella. 593 (Bradley Number) is now comprised of three species: Elachista regificella, Elachista geminatella and Elachista tengstromi.

Other changes are detailed in the article.

Monitoring the spread of Cameraria ohridella - Horse Chestnut Miner
Forest Research have been monitoring the spread of Cameraria ohridella since it was first discovered in Wimbledon in 2002. They have been collecting and collating records for use in an invasion dynamics modelling exercise in collaboration with European biologists. They are also looking at the impact of the infestation on the affected trees, in the long term as well as immediate.

They are keen to include any existing records that they have missed and wondered whether you might have any additional records.

Forest Research have an informative website http://www.forestresearch.gov.uk/fr/INFD-68JJRC , which include details of how to submit records.

Newsletter of leafmines.co.uk                                                                                       July 2005