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Leaf mine on Hawthorn

Observed: 29th August 2013 By: muscardinus2
Leaf mine on Hawthorn

Mine and feeding out of mine in Hawthorn. Upper surface of leaf only eaten.

Species interactions

No interactions present.


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I think you have 2 organisms here, neither of which is Bucculatrix bechsteinella (formerly crataegi) The Bucculatrix mine is tiny and usually associated with the midrib. At the "grazing" stage I don't think the larva would feed over such a large areas of leaf. The mine is almost certainly one of the Nepticulidae and if the frass is a reddish colour it is probably Stigmella crataegella.

Robert Homan

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Leaf mine

Many thanks Robert, looking at it again I am sure your right