Digitivalva perlepidella (Stainton, 1849)
One or several broad corridors, radiation from the leaf base, often along the midrib, towards the leaf tip widening into a roundish blotch, not containing any frass. The larva, that seems to feed only at night, retreats during feeding pauses in the leaf base and is invisible then. Often two larvae in a mine. Pupation in a little separate mine (pupal chamber). Mines mainly in the lower leaves.
In older literature often associated with Plantago major; this goes back to confusion with an Apteropeda mine (Hering, 1963a).
Larvae in April – May (Agassiz, 1996a), October till May (Hering, 1957a), April – May and July – August (Hering, 1963a).
BE not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).
NE recorded (van Nieukerken ao, 1993a; Microlepidoptera.nl).
LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).
distribution within Europe
From Britain to Bulgaria, and from Poland to the Pyrenees (Fauna Europaea, 2009).
Pale yellow to greenish, head pale brown.
Agassiz (1996a), Gaedike (1972a), Hering (1957a, 1963a), Klimesch (1958a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Leideritz & Seliger (2013a), van Nieukerken, Gielis, Huisman, Koster, Kuchlein, van der Wolf & Wolschrijn (1993a), van Nieukerken & Koster (1999a), Robbins (1991a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Szőcs (1977a).