Globally there are around seven species of Scolioneura distributed in the palaearctic and nearctic regions. In Britain and Ireland they are represented by one species.

The genus Scolioneura can be characterised within the Fenusini by the following features. The antennae have segments three and four about equal in length. The post-genal carina is present. However, the prepectus is absent. In the forewing, the stub vein 2A+3A is upturned apically. The tarsal claws have a single tooth and a basal lobe.

The larvae feed inside blister mines in leaves of Saliceae, Betulaceae and Ericaceae.

Species list:

Scolioneura betuleti (Klug, 1816)


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