Alucita hexadactyla Linnaeus, 1758

many-plume moth

on Lonicera

Alucita hexadactyla: galls on Lonicera periclymenum

Lonicera periclymenum, Belgium, prov. Namur, Couvin © Stéphane Claerebout

Alucita hexadactyla: emerging larva

emerging larva

Alucita hexadactyla: larva

larva

Alucita hexadactyla:  larva

usually the larva is white

gall

The flower buds do not open and are somewhat malformed; de sexual organs inside are eaten by the larva. A single larva consumes the interior of several buds. The larva pupates in the ground.

host plants

Caprifoliaceae, monophagous

Lonicera caprifolium, periclymenum, xylosteum.

synonyms

Orneodes hexadactyla.

notes

Very rarely the species acts a leaf miner, making a full depth, somewhat inflated and pleated mine with scattered frass.

references

Buhr (1964a), Csóka (2003a), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Fazekas (2010a), Hart (2011a), Houard (1909a), Kollár & Hrubík (2009a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Redfern & Shirly (2011), Robbins (1991a), Szőcs (1977a), Tomasi (2014a).

mod 9.vii.2019