Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Orchestes erythropus

Orchestes erythropus (Germar, 1821)

Orchestes erythropus: mine on Quercus sp.

Quercus robur, Belgium, prov. Luxembourg, Durbuy © Carina Van Steenwinkel


Rather short corridor along the leaf margin, that widens into a circular blotch, adjacent to the leaf margin. The mature larva makes an excision, of almost the size of the blotch, in upper and lower epidermis, and thus sandwiched drops to the ground for pupation (Dieckmann, 1976a; Hering, 1957a).

host plants

Fagaceae, monophagous

Quercus ilex, robur, suber.


BE recorded (Delbol, 2013a).

NE recorded (Heijerman, 1993a).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2007).

distribution within Europe

From Poland to the Iberian Peninsula and from Belgium to Italy; recorded from the UK, but this is disputed (Fauna Europaea, 2007; Morris, 1993a; Thompson, 1994a).


Rhynchaenus erythropus


The supposition that O. erythropus would live only on hard-leaved Oaks while O. avellanae would be restricted to deciduous Oaks, has been refuted (Thompson, 1994a).


Caillol (1954a), Colonnelli & Osella (2009a), Colonnelli, Osella & Cornacchia (2011a), Delbol (2013a), Dieckmann(1976a), Forbicioni, Abbazzi, Bellò ao (2019a), Heijerman (1993a), Hering (1930a, 1957a), le Monnier (2003a), Morris (1993a), Rheinheimer & Hassler (2010a), Robbins (1991a), Scherf (1964a), Thompson (1994a), Ugarte San Vicente (2005a), Vorst (2010a), Yunakov, Nazarenko, Filimonov & Volovnik (2018a).

Last modified 25.x.2020