Platyptilia gonodactyla (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

triangle plume

mine

Small, transparent, irregularly shaped full depth mines, less than a square cm, often several in a leaf. Frass granular, little or missing. After some time the larvae leave the mines and continue feeding freely at the leaf underside or under a folded leaf margin.

host plants

Asteraceae, narrowly oligophagous

Petasites hybridus; Tussilago farfara.

phenology

Larvae from July till November; a spring generation, that occurs in March – April, bores in the stalks of the inflorescence (Hering, 1957a).

BENELUX

BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

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

LUX recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

All Europe (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

larva

Purple length lines.

notes

The description of the mine above is based on Hering (1957a). However Hart (2011a), giving a detailed description of the biology, writes of a single generation, of which the larvae live in the flower stalk an the capitula. No word on mining.

references

Baldizzone (2008a), Fazekas (1993a) , Hart (2011a), Hering (1957a), Huber (1969a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Nel (1996a), Robbins (1991a).

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