Vulcaniella grandiferella Sinev, 1986

Lepidoptera, Cosmopterigidae

mine

Irregularly shaped mine, mostly bwtween two main veins near the leaf base. The larva makes several mines, and spends most of its time outside the mine, in a silken tunnel under the leaf. Frass is ejected and accumulates near the entrance of the mine. Mines preferably in lower leaves, lying on the ground. Pupation external, often on the leaf.

hostplants

Lamiaceae, monophagous

Salvia aethiopis, sclarea.

distribution within Europe

Serbia, Macedonia, Greece; Ukraine, South Russia (Fauna Europae, 2009).

synonyms

Many older records of Vulcaniella pomposella in fact refer to grandiferella.

references

Koster & Sinev (2003a).

31.vii.2009

mod 18.vii.2017