Lampronia pubicornisOlle Pellmyr
Depicted in Heath & Pelham-Clinton (1976). Wingspan 12-14 mm. Head pale yellow. Forewing light shining grayish ochreous. Hindwings lightly scaled, gray.
Somewhat similar to fuscatella, but differs in being smaller and paler.
Eggs are evidently laid in the exclusive host Rosa pimpinellifolia (Rosaceae), where the larva may feed in the flower when young. After hibernation, late-instar larvae feed inside young shoots, distorting the growth but not killing the shoots. Pupation takes place inside the host tissue. The adult emerges in early summer.
A species with patchy distribution throughout the British Isles, central and northern continental Europe, and western Russia and Caucasus.
Heath, J. & E.C. Pelham-Clinton. 1976. The moths and butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland, vol I: Incurvariidae. Blackwell Scientific Press and Curwen Press.
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