Bucculatrix thoracella
Bucculatrix thoracella
Larva • Chorlton, Greater Manchester • © Ben Smart

14.009 BF273
Bucculatrix thoracella

(Thunberg, 1794)

Wingspan 6-8 mm.

A tiny but easily distinguished species, showing large brown patches on a yellow ground colour and a narrow brown streak extending into the cilia.

It is associated with small-leaved lime (Tilia cordata) and sometimes common lime (T. x vulgaris), the larvae mining the leaves at first, then creating small feeding windows.

The moths fly in June, and sometimes again in August in the south.

See also:
Leafmine (British Leaf Mining Fauna)
Leafmine (De bladmineerders van Nederland)
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