Gracillariidae: Phyllocnistinae

0368 (ABH15.092) Phyllocnistis unipunctella, (Stephens, 1834)

KR01337

Seghill
Seghill
 Photo © Ian Fisher
Seghill
 Photo © Ian Fisher
 pre-1981
 1981-1999
 2000-2009
 2010-onwards
Leaf mine of Phyllocnistis unipunctella on Poplar
Leaf mine of Phyllocnistis unipunctella on Poplar
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Mine on underside of Poplar leaf
Mine on underside of Poplar leaf
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Fold on edge of Poplar leaf concealing pupa
Fold on edge of Poplar leaf concealing pupa
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Larva visible in mine
Larva visible in mine
 Photo © Barry Dickerson


General Information

This species has a characteristic distinct black spot near the wing apex.

 

Adults sometimes overwinter in haystacks.

 

The larvae produce a 'snail-trail'-like mine.

Overwinters as Overwinters as an adult.

Wingspan: 7-8mm
Foodplant(s): Black Poplar (Populus nigra), Lombardy Poplar (Populus nigra 'Italica')
Flying: Two generations, July and September-April (hibernates)
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common

Regional Information

Recorded in 80 (29.6%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in November 2019

Recorded date range (Adult): 23 June to 28 September

Recorded date range (Larva/Leafmine): 01 June to 21 November

Similar Species
Mine on Willow
Mine on Willow
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
on White Poplar
on White Poplar
 Photo © Barry Dickerson


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