Incurvaria pectinea Haworth, 1828
pale feathered leaf-cutter
on deciduous trees
Acer platanoides, Amerongse Bovenpolder, 21.vi.2010 © Bn van As
Betula pendula, Hungary, Kimle, 28.iv.2018 © László Érsek
detail; note the conspicuous oviposition scars
mined leaf lighted from behind
mining larva, dorsal
mining larva, ventral
Carpinus betulus, Belgium, prov. Namur, Viroinval, Vierves-sur-Viroin, 10.v.2015 © Stéphane Claerebout
larvae in their little mines
Betula pubescens © Rob Edmunds, UK
Alnus glutinosa, Susteren, 16.v.2005
Robinia pseudoacacia, Vorden, 1.vi.2008
The larva starts making a corridor of a few mm, followed, and mostly overrun, by a circular blotch of 4-5 mm diameter. Often several mines are found in one leaf. Soon they make an excision of almost the same size as the blotch. Sandwiched in this excision they drop to the ground. Their case is enlarged or changed when needed. The feed on dead leaf litter, but have also been observed feeding on living leaves (Beavan & Heckford, 2015a).
Acer campestre, monspessulanum, platanoides; Alnus glutinosa, incana; Betula pendula, pubescens; Carpinus betulus; Cornus sanguinea; Corylus avellana; Malus sylvestris; Ostrya carpinifolia; Prunus mahaleb; Pyrus communis; Robinia pseudoacacia; Sorbus; Tilia cordata.
Mining larvae are found in May and June (Heath & Pelham-Clinton, 1983a). Hibernation, in a case, usually as full-grown larva, less often as pupa.
BE recorded (Phegea, 2008).
NE recorded (Microlepidoptera.nl, 2008).
LUX recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2008).
distribution within Europe
Almost entire Europe (Fauna Europaea, 2008).
Described by Patočka & Turčáni (2005a).
Incurvaria zinckenii (Zeller, 1839).
Ahr (1966a), Baldizzone (2004a), Beavan & Heckford (2015a), Beiger (1979a), Bengtsson (2008a), Buhr (1935a,b, 1964a), Dziurzynski (1958a), Edmunds (2007b), Heath & Pelham-Clinton (1983a), Hellers (2016a), Hering (1924a, 1927b, 1934b, 1957a), Huemer (1988a, 2012a), Huisman, Koster, van Nieukerken & Ulenberg (2001a), Koren, Vukotić & Črne (2015a), Kovács & Kovács (2000a), Kozlov & Kullberg (2010a), Kozlov, van Nieukerken, Zverev & Zvereva (2013a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Kurz (2016a), Leutsch (2011a), Lhomme (1934c), Maček (1999a), Michna (1975a), Nowakowski (1954a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), De Prins (1998a), Robbins (1991a), Roques, Cleary, Matsiakh & Eschem (2017a), Schmid (2019a), Stammer (2016a), Stolnicu (2007a), Thomann (1956a), Zoerner (1970a).