Lyonetiidae : Lyonetiinae
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Photo © Neil Sherman,  Purdis Farm, Ipswich. May 2020

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Lyonetia clerkella
Apple Leaf-miner
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Lyonetia prunifoliella
Striped Bent-wing

(Hübner, 1796)262 / 21.002

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Not listed.

Recent Status: This species has been on the increase in Britain following an absence of around one hundred years and appeared in Suffolk for the first time in 2018.

Life Style: A single brooded species that hibernates and can be found from August to May. It comes to light. The larvae mine leaves of Prunus spinosa, Chaenomeles japonica, Betula, Malus and Cotoneaster. They pupate in a loose cocoon suspended beneath a foodplant leaf by loose silk.

Identification: A narrow winged species that is significantly longer than L. clerkella. It lacks the oval patch of L. clerkella. The species is sexually dimorphic. The male is similar to L. clerkella with the oval patch replaced by a pair of oblique fasciae. The female has a dark costa and a broad dark oblique fascia. The larvae create an irregular gallery leading to an irregular blotch. More Info

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Mine: Moth needs to be reared and, in some cases, possibly dissected.

Recorded in 6 (10%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2018.
Last Recorded in 2020.
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