Lampronia fuscatella (Tengström, 1848)

scarce bright

on Betula

Lampronia fuscatella: gall on Betula pendula

Betula pendula, Belgium, prov. Luxembourg, Seloignes, Réserve naturelle de la Fourchinée; © Stéphane Claerebout

gall

More or less rotund swelling in branches of 3-13 mm diameter, generally at a node; often several adjacent nodes are galled. Larva usually solitary. It is fully grown near the end of the summer, and hibernates in the mine. In spring an exit hole is prepared, closed with silk and camouflaged at the outside with reddish-brown frass. Then a tough, whitish cocoon is made in which pupation takes place. The moths appear in May-June.

hostplants

Betulaceae, monophagous

Betula pendula.

synonyms

Incurvaria tenuicornis Stainton, 1854.

references

Bowdrey (1988a), Buhr (1964a), Heath & Pelham-Clinton (1983a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Roskam (2009a)

26/02/2014

mod 15.ii.2018