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Sunday, 5 October 2014

1st attempt at leaf mines (part 2)

Here is the second batch from my leaf mine hunt this afternoon:
1.Stigmella tityrella (on beech)
2.Stigmella hemargyrella (on beech)

3.Phyllonorycter messaniella (on beech)
4. Stigmella plagicolella (on blackthorn)

5.Deltaornix torquillella (on blackthorn)
Larva of previous exposed for id purposes 


  1. The last one is Phyllonorycter spinicolella. The Deltaornix/Parornix species make a smaller mine and then feed in a folded leaf edge, so a large blotch mine like this one will always be Phyllonorycter. (NB: the mine has caused the leaf edge to turn over, which might explain the confusion).

    The others look fine to me but we'll see what Sam thinks!

  2. OK, thanks again George - there's a lot to learn!

  3. I agree on all counts. The Blackthorn Phyllo mine is classically long - much shorter in Delatornix/Parornix.

    Stigmella plagicolella is a good one for mine novices to look for, as it's very distinctive and is commonplace on Blackthorn. I was thinking of posting a photo today.

  4. Stick with it Vaughn - it doesn't take too long to learn the common and easily identified ones, and it's a great way to record a lot of species at this time of year.