The leaf and stem mines of British flies and other insects

(Coleoptera, Diptera, Hymenoptera and Lepidoptera)

by Brian Pitkin, Willem Ellis, Colin Plant and Rob Edmunds


Ancylis badiana (Denis & Schiffermmüller, 1775)
[Lepidoptera: Tortricidae]

Common Roller

Ancylis badiana (Denis & Schiffermmüller, 1775)

Leaf-miner: Small full depth blotch; older larvae free among spun leaves (Robbins, 1991a).

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).

Pupa: The pupae of moths have visible head appendages, wings and legs which lie in sheaths (see examples).

Adult: The adult is illustrated in UKMoths. The species is included in

The larvae feed on the leaves of pea (Lathyrus), vetch (Vicia) and clover (Trifolium). The second generation larvae overwinter in a state of diapause.

Hosts in Great Britain and Ireland:

Lathyrus       British leafminers
Lathyrus       UKMoths
Lathyrus pratensis Meadow Vetchling British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. British leafminers
Trifolium       British leafminers
Trifolium       UKMoths
Vicia       British leafminers
Vicia       UKMoths

Hosts elsewhere:
Lathyrus       Belgian Lepidoptera
Lathyrus pratensis Meadow Vetchling British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Bladmineerders van Europa
Melilotus       Bladmineerders van Europa
Trifolium       Bladmineerders van Europa
Trifolium       Belgian Lepidoptera
Vicia       Belgian Lepidoptera

Time of year - larvae: June-July; September-April (British leafminers). The second generation larvae overwinter in a state of diapause (UKMoths).

Time of year - adults: Two generations of this moth occur during the year, the first in April and May, and later from July to August (UKMoths).

Distribution in Great Britain and Ireland: Widespread in Britain (NBN Atlas). Also Yardley Chase, Northants (British leafminers).

Also recorded in the Republic of Ireland (Fauna Europaea) and National Biodiversity Data Centre Map).

Distribution elsewhere: Widespread in continental Europe including Austria, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzogovina, Bulgaria, Corsica, Czech Republic, Danish mainland, Estonia, Finland, French mainland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italian mainland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norwegian mainland, Poland, Portuguese mainland, Romania, Russia - Central, East, North, Northwest and South, Sardinia, Sicily, Slovakia, Spanish mainland, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands and Ukraine (Fauna Europaea).

NBN Atlas links to known host species:

Lathyrus pratensis
British and Irish Parasitoids in Britain and elsewhere: Currently unknown.

External links: Search the internet:

Belgian Lepidoptera
Biodiversity Heritage Library
British leafminers
Bladmineerders van Europa
Encyclopedia of Life
Fauna Europaea
NBN Atlas
NHM UK Checklist

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