Worcestershire Record No. 22 April 2007 p. 22

A RECORD OF THE MISTLETOE LEAF MINER CELYPHA WOODIANA IN VC37 WORCESTERSHIRE

Robert Homan

(There have been several appeals to readers of Worcestershire Record to look out for the Mistletoe leaf-mining micro-moth Celypha woodiana (see reference list). None were found until recently as revealed in an email from Robert Homan on 1st January 2007. Ed)

At last, after looking at many leaves, a leaf mine record of Celypha woodiana from VC3!  The two pictures attached show a mine found this morning in a clump of mistletoe growing in a large roadside hawthorn bush near Chaceley. This is the part of VC37 that is now in administrative Gloucestershire. The grid reference is SO8431. There is a lot of mistletoe in this area and if it ever dries out some of it along footpaths might even be accessible. A good start to the mothing New Year!

Celypha woodiana mine in mistletoe leaf, Chaceley, VC37. Pictures: Robert Homan

References

GREEN H & MEIKLEJOHN JW 2004. Mistletoe bugs and a weevil Ixapion variegatum in Worcestershire. Worcestershire Record 17, pages 24-25
GREEN H & MEIKLJOHN J 2000. Mistletoe bugs. Worcestershire Record. 9 page 23.
SIMPSON ANB 2003. Celypha woodiana: a rare and localised insect for recorders to look out for. Worcestershire Record 14, page 17
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