Blackberry leaf-miner tunnel

Blackberry leaf-miner tunnel

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Credit: DR JEREMY BURGESS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: A detached leaf of a blackberry, Rubus fruticosus, mined by the larva of the blackberry pygmy moth, Stigmella aurella. The picture shows the serpentine tunnel (white and purple) which has been produced by the larva as it grows by eating the green tissue between the upper and lower epidermis of the leaf. The moth laid its egg towards the top of the leaf on the left where the tunnel is at its narrowest; the larva moved down the left hand side of the leaf, then crossed to the right hand side and moved upwards. Stigmella aurella is a micro-moth of the family Nepticulidae. The adult insect has a wingspan of only 3-4mm. Mined leaves are easily found on blackberry leaves, including both wild brambles and cultivated plants grown for fruit, but the insect has no economic impact

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Keywords: biological, biology, blackberry, blackberry pygmy moth, botanical, botany, bramble, egg, epidermis, insect, leaf miner, micro-moth, moth, rubus fruticosus, stigmella aurella, zoological, zoology

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