Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Phyllonorycter esperella larva

Phyllonorycter esperella larva

Carpinus betulus, Amsterdam; larva in the sap drinking stage; dorsal

Phyllonorycter esperella larva

same larva, ventral

Phyllonorycter esperella larva

larva in the tissue feeding stage, ventral

head (dosal view) of both larval types

As is the rule in this family there are two distinct larval stages, easily recognisable by the shape of the head. In this species, moreover, the early larvae are quite vividly marked. The older larvae are more uniformly marked, and moreover have thoracic feet.

Last modified 21.ix.2018