254 Laburnum Leaf Miner vacated mines in Laburnum at Elland Bridge, June 21st 2018.
254 Laburnum Leaf Miner mines and larva on Laburnum, Birdcage Hill, Sept.20th 09. The frass is arranged in arcs which separates it from the more common, dipterous mines.
254 Laburnum Leaf Miner, Mar.17th 2010. Reared from the mine above. Considering I only had one larva to try and rear through over winter I was pleased with the outcome.
256 Leucoptera spartifoliella mine and cocoon on Broom, Norland moor, May 12th 2010. Unlike the mines the cocoons are easy to spot. Several cocoons on this one plant is my only record.
256 Leucoptera spartifoliella, June 3rd 2010. One of three reared from the cocoons mentioned above.
263 Lyonetia clerkella mine and larva on Hawthorn, May 30th 2009, Copley meadow. The distinctive, segmented larva and no visible egg case at the start of the mine distinguish it from Nepticulid mines.
263 Lyonetia clerkella, cocoon and pupa on apple, Skircoat Green allotments, July 29th 2014. A distinctive, hammock like structure, the pupa and some of it's appendages are just visible inside.
263 Lyonetia clerkella, July 31st 2014. Reared from the pupa pictured above. A tiny species with unusual, black "tails".
266 Buccalatrix nigricomella cocoon on a grass blade in among a largish patch of Oxeye Daisies by the towpath at Elland bypass, May 11th 2012. This is my only record.
266 Buccalatrix nigricomella, parasitised larva, May 11th 2012. Removed from the above cocoon. Still no luck in rearing my first ever Bucculatrix adult!
272 Buccalatrix cidarella, mine and larva in Common Alder on the Hebble trail, Salterhebble, Sept. 6th 2017.
272 Buccalatrix cidarella, moulting cocoonet, Sept. 7th 2017. After vacating the mine pictured above the larva quickly spun this cocoon to moult in. A couple of days later it emerged and began to graze the lower surface of the leaf (see below).
272 Buccalatrix cidarella larva, Sept. 11th 2017, details above.
272 Buccalatrix cidarella cocoon with pupa, Mar. 16th 2018, details as above. Hopefully it shouldn't be too long now before the adult emerges......
272 Buccalatrix cidarella May 3rd 2018. Seven weeks after bringing the cocoon (pictured above) indoors the adult finally emerged safe and sound - it even posed quite happily for its photo shoot which makes a nice change from some of these tiny micros.
272 Buccalatrix cidarella, mines on Alder, Tag Loop, Oct.11th 2010.
273 Bucculatrix thoracella mines (arrowed) on Broad-leaved Lime, the Hebble trail at Salterhebble, Oct.20th 2010. The mines are narrow and tiny as the larva soon vacate them to graze externally creating feeding windows. This is my only record.
273 Bucculatrix thoracella mines (white arrows) and external feeding windows (red arrows).The same leaf as above.
273 Bucculatrix thoracella, a close-up of one of the above mines, typically following a leaf-vein.
274 Bucculatrix ulmella mine on oak, next to the towpath near Elland Bridge, Oct.11th 2010. This is my only record. The mines are very small and easily overlooked but all the more rewarding when you do find them.