Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Mordellistena parvula

Mordellistena parvula (Gyllenhal, 1827)

on herbs


Oviposition in a leaf axil. The larva descends as a borer gradually down to the region of the root collar, where it makes a slight cocoon, hibernates, then pupates. Frass is regularly deposited in the gallery.

host plants


Artemisia maritima, vulgaris; Cannabis sativa; Chrysanthemum; Helianthus annuus; Valeriana dioica.

distribution within Europe

PESI (2023).


Batten (1979a), Voicu & Ivancia (1996a).

Last modified 8.v.2023