Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Attelabus nitens

Attelabus nitens (Scopoli, 1763)

oak leafroller

on (Castanea), Quercus

Attelabus  nitens: leaf roll on Quercus robur

Quercus robur, Belgium, prov. Luxembourg, Durbuy, la vieille Briqueterie de Rome, © Carina Van Steenwinkel

Attelabus  nitens: leaf roll on Castanea sativa

Castanea sativa, Belgium, prov. Antwerp, Retie, Prinsenpark; 25.iv.2014 © Carina Van Steenwinkel

Attelabus  nitens: leaf rolls on Quercus rubra

Quercus rubra, Belgium, prov. Limbourg, Hechtel-Eksel, Resterheide, © Carina Van Steenwinkel: several rolls!


The adult beetles create ± 6 mm large windows in the upper side of the leaves, mainly along the margin (Gallardo & Cárdenas). The females make during their lifetime about 30 leaf rolls, each one containing one egg. To this end she first gnaws a deep wound in the upper side of the midrib, also in thicker side veins. At either side the lamina is cut from the margin down to the midrib. Working from the leaf tip the withering apical section of the leaf is then folded into a compact wad that serves as food for the larva. Sooner or later the leaf rolls fall to the ground.

host plants

Fagaceae, oligophagous

Quercus cerris, dalechampii, ilex, petraea, pubescens, robur, rotundifolia, rubra, suber.

Rarely also Castanea sativa.


Univoltine; hibernation as imago.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2019).


Lasiorhynchites sericeus.


Arahou (1992a), Avgın & Colonnelli (2011a), Barreda & Torres (2014a), Colonnelli, Osella & Cornacchia (2011a), Compte (1981a), Dieckmann (1974a), Forbicioni, Abbazzi, Bellò ao (2019a), Gallardo & Cárdenas (2017a), Legalov & Friedman (2007a), Rheinheimer & Hassler (209a), Roques, Cleary, Matsiakh & Eschem (2017a), Sáez Bolaño, Blanco Villero & Sánchez Ruiz (2013a), Urbanová & Urban (2016a), Yunakov, Nazarenko, Filimonov & Volovnik (2018a).

Last modified 24.x.2020