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


Pammene splendidulana (Guenée, 1845)
[Lepidoptera: Tortricidae]

Drab Oak Piercer

Coccyx splendidulana Guenée, 1845. Ann. Soc. ent. Fr. (2) 3: 179.
Pammene splendidulana
(Guenée, 1845).

? Leaf-miner: Appears to live in a frass covered silk tent and eat window-like holes in the leaf.

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).

The head capsule is black and there are spots on every segment (Bestimmungshilfe für die in Europa nachgewiesenen Schmetterlingsarten).

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:

Quercus       Pitkin & Plant

Hosts elsewhere: Currently unknown.

Time of year - larvae: Currently unknown.

Time of year - adults: Currently unknown.

Distribution in Great Britain and Ireland: Britain including Bedfordshire, Caernarvonshire, Cardiganshire, Derbyshire, East Dorset, Durham, East Cornwall, East Suffolk, East Sutherland, Glamorgan, Haddington, Hertfordshire, Huntingdonshire, Isle of Wight, Linlithgow, Pembrokeshire, Shropshire, Stafford, West Norfolk and Worcestershire (NBN Atlas).

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

Distribution elsewhere: Widespread in continental Europe including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Danish mainland, Estonia, Finland, French mainland, Germany, Hungary, Italian mainland, Latvia, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Norwegian mainland, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands. Also recorded in Near East and North Africa (Fauna Europaea).

NBN Atlas links to known host species:

Host species unknown

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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