Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi


Limonium sea lavender, statice, marsh-rosemary

incl. Acantholimon (prickly thrift), Goniolimon, Psylliostachys.

Dichotomous table for leafminers

1a long, more or less contorted or spiralled corridor; larva mines all its life => 2

1b short corridor; older larvae live among spun leaves: Lobesia neptunia

1c “large spotted mine” (far SE Europe): Ancylosis substratella

1d galls, etc => Tables for all parasites per species

2a mine upper-surface; larva a maggot: Chromatomyia horticola

2b mine full depth; larva with sclerotised head => 3

3a coasts of the Canary Islands: Acalyptris staticis

3b coasts of the eastern Mediterranean: Acalyptris lesbia, A. limonii, A. maritima (mines cannot be told apart)

The pyralid moth Glyptoteles leucacrinella Zeller, 1848, mentioned by Hering (1957a), following Dobreanu (1937a), in this connection is not a leafminer, as was already supposed by him. That species feeds on decomposing leaves.

Not included in the key: Scrobipalpa monochromella (biology insufficiently described).

Tables for all parasites per species

Last modified 12.vii.2023