Caloptilia betulicola

Family: Gracillariidae        Sub-family: Gracillariinae 

283     *     Caloptilia betulicola

Specimen needs confirming

Wingspan: 14-16mm. Can be variable, need rearing or gen.det
Flight time: June-July and September-October

Food plant: Birch, usually seedlings or suckers
Mine: May and July
Egg usually lower surface. A small corridor with red-brown frass is followed by a blotch mine between two veins, the frass at one end. The larva initially rolls or folds a leaf margin then creates a larger transverse fold from the leaf tip downwards

Caloptilia betulicola

Caloptilia betulicola Q
Ballingeary, Co. Cork, SW Ireland. September 2011

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