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


Bucculatrix chrysanthemella Rebel, 1896
[Lepidoptera: Bucculatricidae]

Bucculatrix chrysanthemella Rebel, 1896

Leaf-miner: At first a long gallery with a black central line. The older larvae make fleck mines by slicing open the leaf margin and mining into the leaf tissue from there. (Bladmineerders van Europa).

The mines are illustrated in Entomologist's Rec. J. Var. (124) 2012: 59-63.

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 not illustrated in UKMoths (check for update). The species is included in

Hosts in Great Britain and Ireland: Currently unknown

Hosts elsewhere:

Argyranthemum frutescens     Bladmineerders van Europa
Argyranthemum teneriffae     Bladmineerders van Europa
Gonospermum fruticosum     Bladmineerders van Europa

Time of year - larvae: Currently unknown.

Time of year - adults: Currently unknown.

Distribution in Great Britain and Ireland: Rachel Terry discovered an adult whilst looking through a moth trap in 2009 (British leafminers - Newsletter 26 and Entomologist's Rec. J. Var. (124) 2012: 59-63).

Distribution elsewhere: Canary Islands, (Fauna Europaea) and with cultivated Argyranthemum introduced in France and Italy (Cocquempot & Nel, 2009a), Britain (Terry, 2012a), and even Finland (Siloaho, 2008a) (Bladmineerders van Europa)

NBN Atlas links to known host species:

No host species maps

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

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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