Larva in an untidy composite leaf case of c. 9 mm with a mouth angle
of 90°. The larva mines a leaf, usually at the top of a twig,
completely out, often while attached to the leaf margin. When the
leaf is emptied it is cut off and forms the newest addition to the
case (Bladmineerders van Europa).
Larva: The larvae of moths have a head capsule and chewing mouthparts with opposable mandibles (see video of a gracillarid larva feeding), six thoracic legs and abdominal legs (see examples).
See Emmet et al (1969a) (Bladmineerders van Europa).
Pupa: The pupae of moths have visible head appendages, wings and legs which lie in sheaths (see examples).
The adult is not illustrated in UKMoths (check for update). The male
and female genitalia are illustrated by the Lepidoptera Dissection Group.
Hosts in Great Britain & Ireland:
of year - larvae:
June (Emmet, Langmaid, Bland et al., 1996a) (Bladmineerders van Europa).
of year - adults: Currently unknown.
in Great Britain & Ireland: Britain including Caernarvonshire (VC49),
East Cornwall (VC2), East Kent and West Cornwall (NBN
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Distribution elsewhere: Widespread in continental Europe including Austria, Croatia,
Czech Republic, Danish mainland, Estonia, French mainland, Germany,
Greek mainland, Hungary, Italian mainland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland,
Romania, Russia - North, Sardinia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spanish mainland,
Switzerland and The Netherlands. Also recorded in the Near East
(Karsholt and van Nieukerken in Fauna Europaea).
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British and Irish Parasitoids in Britain and elsewhere: Currently unknown.