Parornix fagivora - Lot Moths and Butterflies - species in Las Descargues, the Lot, France
drawing of a moth

GRACILLARIIDAE

Gracillariinae

Las Descargues, 2 August 2013
Parornix fagivora Mine

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© Robin Howard/Dave Shenton

Parornix fagivora (Frey, 1861)

Wingspan: 9-10mm

A bivoltine species with adults on the wing in May and again in August. Recorded only from mines at Las Descargues. A species of broadleaved woodland where the foodplant is found.

Eggs are laid on the underside of the leaves of Fagus sylvatica, or Carpinus betula where a blotch mine is formed, after vacating the mine the larva folds the edge or apex of the leaf before feeding within it. Pupation takes place within the folded leaf in a white cocoon.

 

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