Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Oryxolaemus croceifemoratus

Oryxolaemus croceifemoratus (Gyllenhal, 1839)

Oryxolaemus croceifemoratus, mines

Anagyris foetida, Greece, Lesbos, Skála Eresóu

Oryxolaemus croceifemoratus, mine



Primary full depth, whitish, blotch without a preceding corridor in the apical half of a leaflet; oviposition within the leaf tissue. All frass is deposited on floor and roof of an oval central section of the mine; this section puffs up and soon becomes a bean-shaped black cocoon. The larva rests in this cocoon during feeding pauses (Hering, 1924a), and finally pupates there. The adult beetles gnaw many tiny windows, often in the same leaves as where mines were made (Harpaz, 1956a).

host plants

Fabaceae, monophagous

Anagyris foetida.


Larvae observed in April.

distribution within Europe

From southern France, Corsica, Sardinia, to Cyprus (Fauna Europaea, 2009).



Apion, Kalcapion, croceifemoratum.


Colonnelli, Osella & Cornacchia (2011a), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Ehret (1990a), Friedman & Freidberg (2007a), Giusto (1997a), Harpaz (1956a), Hering (1924a, 1957a).

Last modified 21.iv.2019