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Gracillaria syringella (Linnaeus, 1758)

A common species throughout Belgium, sometimes causing damage to hedges curling the leaves and turning them brownish.

The larvae feed on Ligustrum, Fraxinus and Syringa. Pupation in a silken, whitish cocoon on the underside of a leaf.

The adults fly in two generations a year; onwards from late April towards mid June and again from late June till August. They come to light.

Belgium, Antwerpen, Kontich, 16 August 2003.
(Photo © Leo Janssen)
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