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Mines in bramble leaves

Observed: 24th March 2012 By: grant burleighgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Bramblemines
Description:

These images follow on from my post (“Small creature on laurel leaf” – 23/03/2012) on a Stigmella moth The mines were in the most shaded part of our Reserve, which is not surprising if the moth is considered in isolation, but brambles generally require a good deal of sunlight – so, the bramble microspecies here (identity not yet known) is one that appears to be adapted for (mainly) shaded conditions. I submitted images of it (“Bramble2 in a shaded location”) to iSpot on 17th June 2011.

Identifications
  • Stigmella (cont.)
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
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    Likely ID
    Stigmella aurella/splendidissimella
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

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Leaf mines

Thank you for these comments which I have filed for future reference.
I was somewhat taken by the marked variation in length of these mines. Does this reflect vagaries of interaction between larva and its environment alone or could some other biological (?microbial) agent be involved?
Hazel and bramble mines might be worth a preliminary inspection in this context. The possibility of a student exercise here?