Thursday, 3 November 2016

Leaf-mines - making a start

Inspired by Dave's earlier post, I thought I would examine some leaves in my garden before I raked them up. The 2 pictures below are of an apple leaf and then an ornamental cherry.
Having looked at the leaf-mines guide, the mines look to me like Lyonetia clerkella - a moth I regularly see as an adult in the summer. Have I got that right?

Steve Trigg, Cookham


  1. Hi Steve, indeed they are L.clerkella. The species is one of the few miners which has multiple hosts and you can find it on (for example) birch, blackthorn and hawthorn as well as the two you mention.

    1. Thanks Dave. I shall keep my eyes open for further leaf-mines.


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