Cosmopterix schmidiella Frey, 1856
Large blotch, that may occupy an entire leaflet. During feeding pauses the larve rests in a silken resting place above the midrib, and is well hidden then. Pupation outside the mine.
Preference for Vicia (Hering, 1957a).
Larvae in August – September (Koster, 2002c).
Not known from the Benelux countries (Fauna Europaea, 2009).
distribution within Europe
From Britain to Romania, and from Central Russia to the Iberian Peninsula (Fauna Europaea, 2009). Extinct in Britain (Koster, 2002c).
Head brown, mouthparts darker. Body (and thoracic feet) pale orange-yellow, purple dotted length lines dorsally and laterally. Prothoracic plate black, divided (Koster, 2002c).
Emmet & Langmaid (2002b), Hering (1957a), Huber (1969a), Klimesch (1960a), Klimesch & Skala (1936a), Koster (2002c), Koster & Sinev (2003a), Skala (1949a), Szőcs (1977a).