Leucoptera astragali

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Leucoptera astragali
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lyonetiidae
Genus: Leucoptera
Species: L. astragali
Binomial name
Leucoptera astragali
Mey & Corley, 1999

Leucoptera astragali is a moth in the family Lyonetiidae that can be found in Portugal[1] and Tunisia.

The larvae feed on Astragalus lusitanicus. They mine the leaves of their host plant. The mine starts as a blotch, the end of which occupies a large part of the leaflet. The mine is enlarged in a concentric pattern. There is much granular frass, that is glued to the upper epidermis and gives most of the central area of the mine a dark appearance. The full-grown larvae make a semicircular exit slit in the upper epidermis to leave the mine. Pupation takes place within a cocoon.[2]


  1. ^ "Leucoptera astragali Mey & Corley, 1999". 2.5. Fauna Europaea. July 23, 2012. Retrieved April 6, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Leucoptera astragali Mey & Corley, 1999". Bladmineerders.nl. Retrieved September 26, 2010.