Bucculatrix cristatella (Zeller, 1839)

Bucculatrix cristatella mine

Klimesch (1942a).

mine

Initially an extremely fine corridor along the leaf margin; these mines mainly in the lower leaves. Frass in a narrow central line. The larva can leave its mine and restart elsewhere. Older laevae live free, and feed by slicing open the margin of a leaf segment near its tip and eating away as much tissue as it can reach (to about one third if its length). The result is a number of full depth blotch mines. When the larve has become too large even for this strategy, its starts to feed freely on the leaf. Pupation in a straw-coloured, spindle-shaped, ribbed cocoon.

hostplants

Asteraceae, oligophagous

Achillea asplenifolia, collina, millefolium; Chrysanthemum; Cota tinctoria; Leucanthemopsis alpina.

phenology

Larvae in April – May and in July (Emmet, 1985a); hibernation as egg or young larva (Patočka, 1996a).

BENELUX

BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a; Microlepidoptera.nl, 2009).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

Entire Europe, with exception of the Iberian and the Balkan Peninsula (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

larva

The mining larva is amber yellow (intestine greenish as usual), head and prothoracic shield brown; the chaetotaxy is described by Klimesch (1942a).

pupa

Described by Klimesch (1942b), Patočka (1996a), and Patočka & Turčáni (2005a).

synonyms

Bucculatrix jugicola Wocke, 1876.

references

Bengtsson & Johansson (2011a), Biesenbaum (2010a), Borkowski (2003a), Buhr (1935a), Burmann (1991a), Buszko (1992b), Emmet (1985a), Kasy (1965a), Klimesch (1937b, 1942b, 1956a, 1958c), Kozlov & Kullberg (2010a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Kuchlein ao (1988a), Kurz & Embacher (2012a), Leutsch (2011a), van Nieukerken, Gielis, Huisman, Koster, Kuchlein, van der Wolf & Wolschrijn (1993a), Patočka (1996a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Robbins (1991a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Svensson (1971a), Szőcs (1968a, 1977a, 1981a), Walczak (2011a).

02/04/2017

mod 26.vii.2017