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 paludana Barrett, 1871
[Lepidoptera: Tortricidae]

Fen Roller

Ancylis paludana Barrett, 1871. Ent. mon. mag. 8: 134.

Leaf-spinner: The larvae feed on marsh pea, spinning two leaves together (UKMoths).

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

Hosts in Great Britain and Ireland:

Lathyrus palustris Marsh Pea British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Pitkin & Plant
Lathyrus palustris Marsh Pea British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. UKMoths

Hosts elsewhere: Currently unknown.

Time of year - larvae: Currently unknown.

Time of year - adults: The moth has two generations and is on the wing in May and June and subsequently late July to August (UKMoths).

Distribution in Great Britain and Ireland: Occurring in a few wetland localities in East Anglia including Norfolk (Horning Hall Marshes) (UKMoths).

Distribution elsewhere: Widespread in continental Europe including Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Danish mainland, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italian mainland, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia - Central, Slovakia, Sweden and The Netherlands (Fauna Europaea).

NBN Atlas links to known host species:

Lathyrus palustris

British and Irish Parasitoids in Britain and elsewhere:

Ichneumonoidea - Links to species no longer available  
Scambus inanis (Schrank, 1802) Ichneumonidae: Pimplinae

External links: Search the internet:

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

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