Bucculatrix ulmella

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Bucculatrix ulmella
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Bucculatricidae
Genus: Bucculatrix
Species: B. ulmella
Binomial name
Bucculatrix ulmella
Zeller, 1848[1]
  • Bucculatrix ulmella var. sircomella Stainton, 1848
  • Bucculatrix ulmella f. vetustella Stainton, 1846

Bucculatrix ulmella is a moth of the Bucculatricidae family. It is found in most of Europe, except the Iberian Peninsula, Slovenia and Bulgaria.

Oak leaf mined and gnawed

The wingspan is 7–8 mm.[2] Adults are on wing from May to June and again in August.[3]

The larvae feed on Castanea sativa, Quercus faginea, Quercus petraea, Quercus pubescens, Quercus robur, Quercus rubra and Quercus trojana. They mine the leaves of their host plant. The mine has the form of a short, angular corridor with much black frass and a large larval chamber. The larvae leave the mine and engage in lower-surface window feeding.[4] Larvae can be found in July and again from September to October. They are greenish grey mottled with white and with a light brown head.