Rhopobota myrtillana (Humphreys & Westwood, 1845)

bilberry bell

mine

Tiny full depth blotch or broad corridor, practically without frass. The larvae soon leave their mines, and continue feeding at first in a web, later among spun leaves.

hostplants

Ericaceae, monophagous

Vaccinium, myrtillus, uliginosum, vitis-idaea.

Mainly on V. uliginosum (Hering, 1957a).

phenology

older larvae (between spun leaves) observed in June and October (Swatschek).

BENELUX

BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

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

LUX recprded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Fennoscandia to the Pyrenees, Italy, and Macedonia, and from Ireland to the Baltic States and Hungary (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

larva

dirty yellowish green; head yellowish green, with two pairs of lateral spots. Prothoracal and anal shield yellowish green, prothoracal shield with a sharp black dot (Swatschek).

synonyms

Griselda, Steganoptycha vacciniana (Lienig & Zeller, 1846).

references

Hering (1957a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Nowakowski (1954a), Robbins (1991a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Sønderup (1949a), Swatschek (1958a), Szőcs (1977a), Vos (2017a), Wegner (2010a).

mod 17.ii.2018