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Prays fraxinella (Bjerkander, 1784)

Recorded from nearly all provinces in Belgium, but never common.

The larva when young makes a mine in the leaf of Fraxinus excelsior. It hibernates in the bark just below a bud, and in spring it continues feeding within a shoot or in a lightly spun shoot.

The adults fly in two generations a year; onwards from mid May till July and again from late August till late September. They come to light.


Belgium, Antwerpen, Mortsel, 17 June 2005.
(Photo © Leo Janssen)

Comments to Willy De Prins or Chris Steeman
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