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A small but striking species that is superficially similar to Ribautiana tenerrima and Alebra albostriatella. However, there is no appendix to the wing apex, and the grey colouring of the apical area is even rather than concentrated into spots as it is in Ribautiana.
Widely distributed across southern England and Wales, and common on a variety of deciduous trees (especially oak) and also on brambles and loganberry. May have recently spread to northern England, as earlier records are from further south.
Adult: August to November
Length 3-3.5 mm
Yorkshire (August 2009) ©Joe
|Adult: Merseyside (October 2009) ©Steve Tomlinson||Nymph: Yorkshire
(August 2008) ©Joe