Caloptilia staintoni (Wollaston, 1858)
Laurus neocanariensis, Tenerife; from Klimesch (1979a)
Ocotea foetens, Madeira, Funchal, Botanical garden © Bas Drost (identification not confirmed by breeding)
A lower-surface, epidermal corridor, reminding of a snail’s trail, that in the end widens into a full depth tentiform mine, where the frass is loosely dispersed. De older larva lives free in a leaf cone. Mines only on the very youngest leaves. Pupation in a shining yellow cocoon.
Given the spectrum of hostplants known so far also to be expected on the rare Ocotea foetens.
distribution within Europe
(Fauna Europaea, 2009).
Aguiar & Karsholt (2006a), Hering (1927a, 1957a), Klimesch (1979a).