Phragmatodes fruticosella Walsingham, 1908

mine

On Plocama the mine is full depth, transparant brown, with a dense clump of frass in the lower part. The mined leaves falls off shortly after the larva has left it.

The mine on Rubia starts as a frass-filled corridor, widening to a glassy full depth blotch with dispersed frass.

hostplants

Rubiaceae, oligphagous

Plocama pendula; Rubia fruticosa.

phenology

From February on (Hering, 1957a).

distribution within Europe

Canary Islands (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

larva

Full grown larva 3.5 mm, yellowish brown – reddish, head capsule black; prothoracic plate brown with pale median.

references

Hering (1957a), Klimesch (1984a).

mod 12.ix.2018