Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Leaf miner help please

I took a batch of photos last month and am just going through them using a key Dave Wilton put up a while back. This first lot were all on Copper beech.

The first I think might be Parornix fagivora, if not I've seen it but just need to get some later pics

the second is perhaps Phyllonorycter maestingella

the third I'm thinking is Stigmella tityrella?

Mark Griffiths, Garsington, Oxford


  1. Hello Mark, the second and third pictures look OK for an active mine of Phyllonorycter maestingella (will probably contain a pupa by now) and an aborted mine of Stigmella tityrella (I think I can see the deceased larva). The first one looks to me as though it contains a Phyllonorycter-shaped larva so is presumably an early mine of either maestingella or messaniella before it has caused the leaf to contract.

  2. thanks Dave. I'm going to see if I can find any of the Parornix fagivora with the turned over leaf edges and put those up. Working through the other ones when I get some more time!


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