Aspilapteryx multipunctella Chr├ętien, 1916

Lepidoptera, Gracillariidae

Aspilapteryx multipunctella mine

Plantago arborescens, Teneriffa; from Klimesch (1979a)

mine

The young larva spins 2-3 young leaves together, and mines them out completely. The older larva lives free in the centre of a bundle of leaves of the tip of a shoot, that are spun together. The frass is accumulated in the bottom of the enclosed space. For the pupation a cocoon is spin amidst the frass. The cocoon has a tubelike prolongation that extends up to a circular opening, closed with silk, that will permit the escape of the imago.

hostplants

Plantaginaceae, monophagous

Plantago albicans, arborescens.

phenology

Larvae collected in January.

distribution within Europe

France, Spain, Canary Islands.

synonyms

Aspilapteryx trinigipennella multipunctella; A. anagensis Klimesch, 1979.

references

Hering (1957a), Klimesch (1979a), Nel (2003a), Tribeti (1985a).

27/02/2011

mod 28.vi.2017