Blastobasis vittata (Wollaston, 1858)

sussex dowd

mine

Occasionally young larvae may live for a while as miners. Generally hey live free, mostly on living or dead vegetable matter, like fallen leaves.

hostplants

Polyphagous

Taxus baccata.

Yew, and its litter, possibly is the preferred pabulum. Hering (1957a) relates the species to Picea.

phenology

Adults from mid-July till September; hibernation (sometimes twice) as pupa.

distribution within Europe

British Islands, probably introduced there early in the 20th century from Madeira; not known from the European mainland (Dickson, 2002a).

larva

Described by Dickson (2002a).

synonyms

Blastobasis lignea Walsingham, 1894.

references

Aggassiz (2004a), Aguiar & Karsholt (2006a), Cosson (2008a), Dickson (2002a), Hering (1957a), Robbins (1991a).

06/02/2017

mod 9.ii.2018