Bramble Leaf Miner

Bramble Leaf Miner in Spring
Bramble Leaf Miner in Spring

This bramble leaf has been chomped by the caterpillar of a Bramble Leaf Miner moth (stigmella aurella).

The moth lays its egg under the surface of a leaf and the larva eats its meandering, ever-expanding way across the leaf until the caterpillar is ready to pupate and escape.

The adult moth is small (wing span of 6mm) and has a metallic sheen and a cream band across its wings.

Further information on Stigmella Aurella can be found on the UK Moths website:http://ukmoths.org.uk/species/stigmella-aurella/

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