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


Parornix loganella (Stainton, 1848)
[Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae]

Northern Slender

Argyromiges loganella Stainton, 1848. Zoologist: 2162.
Parornix loganella
(Stainton, 1848).

Leaf-miner: The mine, larva and pupa cannot be distinguised from those of Parornix betulae (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).

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:

Betula       Pitkin & Plant

Hosts elsewhere:

Betula       Bladmineerders van Europa

Time of year - larvae: Currently unknown.

Time of year - adults: Currently unknown.

Distribution in Great Britain and Ireland: Britain & Ireland (Fauna Europaea), including Durham, Easterness, Glamorgan, Linlithgow, North Aberdeenshire, South Aberdeenshire, South Northumberland, Stafford, Stirling and West Perth (NBN Atlas).

Distribution elsewhere: Northwest Europe including Danish mainland, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Norwegian mainland, Russia North and Sweden (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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