Phyllonorycter tenerella

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Phyllonorycter tenerella
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Gracillariidae
Genus: Phyllonorycter
Species: P. tenerella
Binomial name
Phyllonorycter tenerella
(Joannis, 1915)[1]
Synonyms
  • Lithocolletis tenerella Joannis, 1915
  • Lithocolletis tenella Zeller, 1846

Phyllonorycter tenerella is a moth of the Gracillariidae family. It is found from Sweden to the Pyrenees, Italy and Bulgaria and from Great Britain to north-western Russia and Ukraine.

Damage

The wingspan is 6–8 mm. There are two generations per year with adults on wing in May and again from July to August.[2]

The larvae feed on Carpinus betulus and Ostrya carpinifolia. They mine the leaves of their host plant. They create a narrow, finally tubular lower-surface mine between two side veins. The lower epidermis has one strong fold. The pupa is made in a flimsy cocoon in a corner of the mine. The frass is deposited in the opposite corner. In Ostrya, the mine is shorter and less constrained by the lateral veins.[3]

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