Silliana lhommei (Hering, 1934)
Phillyrea latifolia, France, Montpellier © Stéphane Claerebout
mine, upperside, with red oviposition scar
two occupied mines, lighted from behind
larva in the mine, ventral view
Large, full depth blotch, narrow at first, but often occupying a large part of a leaf in the end. At the start of the mine a conspicuous, upper-surface (always?) oviposition scar. Frass copious, black or brown, almost filling the entire mine; only along the sides a transparant zone remains. Pupation outside the mine.
Phillyrea angustifolia, latifolia.
Larvae in April (Hering, 1957a).
Not known from the Benelux countries (Fauna Europaea, 2009).
distribution within Europe
Mediterranean Region, as far east as Crete (Taeger, Blank & Liston, 2006a).
Described by Covassi (1988a).
Preference for leaves in full sunlight (Buhr, 1941b).
Altenhofer (2003a), Blank ao (1998a), Buhr (1941b), Covassi (1988a), Hering (1934c, 1957a, 1967a), Liston (1995b), Pschorn-Walcher & Altenhofer (2000a, 2006a), Taeger, Blank & Liston (2006a).