Paraswammerdamia albicapitella (Scharfenberg, 1805)

white-headed ermine

Paraswammerdamia albicapitella: mines on Prunus spinosa

Prunus spinosa, Belgium, prov. Luxembourg, Durbuy, la Briqueterie de Rome © Steve Wullaert

mine

The larvae make a small full depth corrisor in autumn. They pass the winter in a hibernaculum outside the mine, later they live free in a spinning.

host plants

Rosaceae, monophagous

Prunus spinosa.

Also Crataegus monogyna (De Prins ao).

phenology

Mining larvae in September (Agassiz, 1996a).

BENELUX

BE recorded (Phegea, 2010).

NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a; Microlepidoptera.nl, 2010).

LUX recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

distribution within Europe

From Fennoscandia to the Iberian Peninsula, Italy, and Greece, and from Ireland to Romania (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

free-living larva

Body slender, reddish brown; head light brown; prothoracic plate dark brown. Laterally a bright white, broad but to the rear quickly narrowing length line on thorax of foremost abdomen segments. A similar dorsal line, but narrower and shorter, begins behind the head.

pupa

See Patočka & Turčáni (2005a).

synonyms

Paraswammerdamia spiniella (Hübner, 1807).

references

Agassiz (1996a), Bengtsson & Johansson (2011a), Buhr (1957a, “Bucculatrix spec.”), Emmet (1976a), Huemer (1988a), Huisman, Koster, van Nieukerken & Ulenberg (2004a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Landry ao (2013a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), De Prins (1998a), De Prins, Steeman & Sierens (2016a), Robbins (1991a), Wieser & Huemer (1997a).

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