Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Zeugophora scutellaris

Zeugophora scutellaris Suffrian, 1840

on Populus


For all the western European Zeugophora species applies: large, blackish brown, upper-surface blotch. Oviposition at the leaf underside, in a small pit, that is covered by secretion. These oviposition marks remain visible as small, transparent points. Larva yellow, flattened, with a distinct head but no feet. They live communal, and leave the mine through an upper-surface exit slit.

host plants

Salicaceae, monophagous

Populus nigra, tremula.


Larvae from June – September (Hering, 1957a).


BE uncertain (see below).

NE observed (Beenen & Winkelman, 1993a).

LUX uncertain (see below).

distribution within Europe

From Belgium and eastern France to Central Asia (Warchalowski, 2003a); Italy only (Fauna Europaea, 2007)!


See Steinhausen (2001b).


Zeugophora frontalis Suffrian, 1840 (pers. comm. R. van Beenen)


See Warchalowski (2003a) for a key to the beetles.


Augustin (1998a), Beenen & Winkelman (1993a), Bieńkowski (2004a), Bukejs (2009b), Heinig & Schöller (2012a), Jong Eun Lee (1998a), Rheinheimer & Hassler (2018a), Steinhausen (2001b), Strickland (1920a), Vorst (2010a), Warchalowski (2003a).

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