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miner matters - april 2006
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A second record for the British Isles of the vacated mine of Phyllocnistis citrella (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae)

Andy Mitchell found a vacated mine of Phyllocnistis citrella, in a leaf of an Lemon tree (Citrus limonia), at a Garden centre in Addlestone in Surrey on 8th April (as shown).

The plants originated in Italy.

This is the first record of this miner on a leaf in the UK (and the second British record for a vacated mine of this species). The characteristic track made by the larva is seen opposite.

Details of the first record in December 2004 (more)

The pupation site can be seen middle top right, under the curled leaf edge.  

Further investigation revealed more mines on plants and several contained exuviae (as shown).



Images:© Andy Mitchell

Recent leaf miner articles:


Dickerson, B (2005) Phyllonorycter leucographella (Zell.) (Lep.: Gracillariidae). Larval mines found on a new foodplant. Entomologist's Rec J.Var. 117, p268 -269

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