rare species in Belgium. With the present knowledge of
leafmines, more frequently observed than in the past.
larvae feed on Ligustrum vulgare, Fraxinus
excelsior and Syringa vulgaris. Initially an
on the upper surface of the leaf, later the mine starts to contract and
the leaf concealing the mine. Now the larvae leave the mine and live
freely in a downwards rolled leaflet. Pupation in a flimsy white
hammock-wise within the final cone.
adults fly in one generation a year; emerging during September,
overwintering and then flying until May. The moths are active during
late afternoon around its food plant and later comes to light.
Hainaut, Antoing, 02 August 2008.
reared imago from Fraxinus
(Photo © Chris Snyers)