Irish moths

Phyllonorycter maestingella

Family: Gracillariidae       Sub-family: Lithocolletinae

341     *     Phyllonorycter maestingella

Adult: April 2011, not ex-mine, identification needs confirming
Photographs: Leaf mine on Beech (Fagus sylvatica). October 2010

Widespread, common
Wingspan: 7-9mm
Flight time: Two broods, May-June and August

Larval food plant: Beech (Fagus sylvatica)
Mine: July, September-October
A long mine between veins with several creases that contract strongly, forming a tubular shape.

Phyllonorycter maestingella

Phyllonorycter maestingella

Leaf mine: Ballingeary, Co. Cork, SW Ireland. October 2010. Moth: Botanic Gardens, Dublin. April 2011

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