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Phyllonorycter rajella

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Insecta
Family  Gracillariidae
Scientific name  Phyllonorycter rajella
Phylum  Arthropoda
Order  Lepidoptera
Genus  Phyllonorycter
Rank  Species
Phyllonorycter rajella
Similar  Phyllonorycter oxyacanthae, Phyllonorycter ulmifoliella, Phyllonorycter nicellii, Phyllonorycter coryli, Phyllonorycter esperella

Phyllonorycter rajella is a moth of the Gracillariidae family. It is known from all of Europe, except the Iberian Peninsula and Greece.

The wingspan is 7–9 mm. There are two generations per year with adults on wing in May and again in August

The larvae feed on Alnus cordata, Alnus glutinosa, Alnus incana, Alnus oregona and Alnus viridis. They mine the leaves of their host plant. They create a lower-surface tentiform mine, usually in the axle of a thick lateral vein. There is one strong lengthwise fold. Pupation takes place in a tough off-white cocoon that is attached to the floor and the roof of the mine. Most frass is incorporated in the sides of the cocoon.


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