Laburnum Leaf Miner - Leucoptera laburnella
Wingspan 7 to 9 mm. A small but very attractive mainly white moth.
Leafmine occurs on Laburnum (occasionally on Lupin). http://www.leafmines.co.uk/html/Lepidoptera/L.laburnella.htm
It tends to inhabit suburban areas where Laburnum is grown in gardens, and in conjunction with a couple of dipterous species, can discolour the leaves with its mines.
May to August.
The larva mines the leaves of Laburnum, including hybrids, and occasionally Dyer's Greenweed. The mine is initially a brown spot, turning via a green frass-filled gallery into a pale blotch with a spiral of black frass.
Distributed widely and fairly commonly throughout much of the British Isles. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.
It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).
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