Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Mantura chrysanthemi

Mantura chrysanthemi (Koch, 1803)

Mantura cf chrysanthemi mine

Rumex acetosa, Belgium, Liège, canal de l’Ourthe © Jean-Yves Baugnée – identification provisional

Mantura chrysanthemi larve in the mine

Rumex acetosella, Tilburg, Kaaistoep © Paul van Wielink


Yellow, elliptic eggs are deposited in the leaf axils and on the petiole (Doguet, 1994a). Full depth corridor, widening into a blotch. Frass in black threads. Larvae may leave the mine and restart elsewhere. Pupation outside the mine. Neither mine nor larva can be distinguished from those of M. obtusata, but chrysanthemi prefers dry habitats. Beetle metallic green.

host plants

Polygonaceae, monophagous

Rumex acetosa, acetosella, crispus.

Ogloblin & Medvedev and Bukejs cite, next to Rumex, also “Chrysanthemum” and Leucanthemum vulgare as host plant.


Larvae in early spring (Hering, 1957a); one generation, hibernation as adult (Cox, 2007a). Oviposition in the 2nd half of May (Doguet, 1994a).


BE recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2007).

NE recorded (Beenen & Winkelman, 1993a; Fauna Europaea, 2007).

LUX recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2007).

distribution within Europe

All of Europe, including the British Isles, but excluding the Balkan Peninsula (Fauna Europaea, 2007; Warchalowski, 20o03a).



The Fauna Europa (2007) erroneously gives 1903 as year of publication.


Bastazo, Vela & Petitpierre (1993a), Baviera & Biondi (2015a), Beenen & Winkelman (1993a), Beiger (1955a, 1960a), Biondi (1995a), Bukejs (2009a), Doguet (1994a), Hering (1921a, 1924a, 1930a, 1957a), Huber (1969a), Kvičala (1938a), Lawson (1991a), Ogloblin & Medvedev (1971a), Rheinheimer & Hassler (2018a), Robbins (1991a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Sønderup (1949a), Vela, Bastazo & Fritzlar (2017a), Warchalowski (2003a).

Last modified 11.xi.2020