Bucculatrix rhamniella Herrich-Schäffer, 1855
Rhamnus catharticus, Poland, Zbocza Plutowskie Reserve (UTM CE20), herbarium specimens © Jaroslaw Buszko
enlanged and lighted from behind
Oviposition at the leaf underside, close to a thick vein. From there runs a vey slender corridor of about 3 cm runs in the direction of the leaf margin, usually for some distance following the vein. The larve leaves its mine through a crescent-shaped opening in the lower epidermis, leaving a slender vacated larval chamber. Later larval stages cause window feeding.
Rhamnaceae, narrowly monophagous
Rhamnus cathartica, pumilis.
Larvae start to mine around mid July (Buszko, 1992a). Generally bivoltine; hibernation as pupa (Patočka, 1996a).
BE not recorded (Phegea, 2007).
NE Not recorded; see the note below.
LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2007).
distribution within Europe
Poland, Baltic States, Hungary, Romania (Fauna Europaea, 2007).
Described by Buszko (1992a), Patočka (1996a), and Patočka & Turčáni (2005a).
A single mine, originating from the Netherlands that was attributed to to this species in the end turned out to be a very anomalous mine of B. frangutella. Dr. Buskzo is thanked for the identification.
Buszko (1992a,b), Hering (1957a), Patočka (1996a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Szőcs (1977a).