Gracillariidae: Gracillariinae

0293 (ABH15.014) Gracillaria syringella (=Caloptilia), (Fabricius, 1794)

KR01135

Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
 pre-1981
 1981-1999
 2000-2009
 2010-onwards
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
 Photo © Jonathan Newman
Monks Wood
Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Larva feeding signs on Ash
Larva feeding signs on Ash
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Larval feeding on Lilac
Larval feeding on Lilac
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Larval feeding on Privet
Larval feeding on Privet
 Photo © Barry Dickerson


General Information

This is a distinctive but variable species.

 

The larvae initially form a contorted blotch mine with black frass, before creating two successive cones formed by folding the tip of a leaf downwards.


Wingspan: 10-13mm
Foodplant(s): privets (Ligustrum spp.), Ash (Fraxinus excelsior), Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)
Flying: Two generations, April-May and July-August
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common

Regional Information

Recorded in 87 (32.2%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in August 2018

Recorded date range (Adult): 20 April to 04 November

Recorded date range (Larva/Leafmine): 07 August to 11 November

Recorded date range (Pupa): 23 October to 23 October

Similar Species


Larva/Leafmine:
Larva Type:
Smooth
Colours:
Green, white, grey, brown
No. of Proleg Pairs:
4