Phyllonorycter cytisella (Rebel, 1896)

Lepidoptera, Gracillariidae

mine

Lower-surface tentiform mine, with deep folds, that strongly contracts the leaflet. Pupation internal.

hostplants

Fabaceae, monophagous

Cytisus proliferus.

phenology

Larvae in November-Januari, then again March-April (Hering, 1957a).

distribution within Europe

Canary Islands.

synonyms

Lithocolletis cytisella.

notes

Chamaecytisus proliferus, “tagasaste”, “escobón”, “Lucerne Tree”, is a rather important fodder crop in the Canary Islands, and, introduced, also elsewhere. Ph. cytisella, and to a lesser degree also Ph. cytisifoliae, acording to Hering much more rare, therefore are local pest insects (e.g. Torres del Castillo ao, 1992a).

references

Deschka (1969b), Hering (1927a, 1957a), Klimesch (1979a), Torres del Castillo ao (1992a).

25/05/2010

mod 18.vii.2017