Orthochaetes setiger (Beck, 1817)

Orthochaetes setiger: mine on Pilosella officinarum

Pilosella officinarum, Belgium, prov. Antwerp, Meerhout © Carina Van Steenwinkel

Orthochaetes setiger: mine on Pilosella officinarum

detail of the underside, with exit slit

Orthochaetes setiger mine

Hieracium praealtum subsp. bauhinii, Belgium, prov. Liège, Ben-Ahin, Lovegnée-Bosquet; © Jean-Yves Baugnée


The mine begins in the midrib, especially in a lower leaf, extending into the leaf disc, branching irregularly or pinnately, may also locally be blotchlike. The mine is brown and very transparant. Sides very irregularly eaten out. Frass loosely dispersed or in a loose central line, buyt may also be pressed against the sides of the corridor. The larva with chitinised head, no feet, pupates outside the mine. The larva may also leave the mine and restart elsewhere.


Very polyphagous, but with a preference for Asteraceae

Ajuga reptans; Aposeris; Aquilegia vulgaris; Bellidiastrum michelii; Centaurea; Chondrilla; Cichorium intybus; Crepis biennis; Cyclamen; Erigeron; Hieracium murorum; Himantoglossum; Hypochaeris radicata; Lactuca virosa; Lapsana communis; Leontodon hispidus; Leucanthemum vulgare; Mycelis muralis; Myosotis sylvatica; Picris hieracioides; Pilosella cymosa, officinarum, piloselloides subsp. praealta; Plantago macrorhiza; Rumex acetosella; Scorzoneroides autumnalis; Senecio viscosus; Solidago virgaurea; Sonchus oleraceus, asper; Symphyotrichum salignum; Taraxacum officinale; Viola canina, tricolor.

Bland & Nelson (1997a) report mining on Allium ursinum. Because no larva was mentioned this observation is not quite certain.


Larvae in May-July (Hering, 1957a; Buhr, 1964a; Scherf, 1964a).


BE recorded (Curculionidae.be, 2010).

NE recorded (Heijerman, 1993a).

LUX recorded (Ellis).

distribution within Europe

From Sweden to the Iberian Peninsula and Italy and from Ireland to the Ukraine (Fauna Europaea, 2007).



Comasinus setiger.


In the northern part of its distribution the species reproduces parthenogenetically.


Bland & Nelson (1997a), Buhr (1933a, 1956a, 1964a), Haase (1942a), (Heijerman, 1993a), Hering (1925a, 1928a, 1930a, 1957a), Huber (1969a), Maček (1999a), Ostojá-Starzewski (2002a), Reinheimer & Hassler (2010a), Robbins (1991a), Scherf (1964a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Sønderup (1949a), Vorst (2010a).


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