Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Aphanisticus pusillus

Aphanisticus pusillus (Olivier, 1790)


The oviposition site, at the leave’s lower surface, covered by a shining drop of dried secretion. Oviposition exclusively on sections of the leaf that are at that moment in vertical position. From there a corridor starts, eventually ca. 1 mm wide and 30-42 mm long, mostly descending towards the leaf base. Frass in a narrow central line. Pupation within the mine (Rennwald & Rennwald, 2002a; Niehuis, 2004a).

host plants

Cyperaceae, Juncaceae, narrowly polyphagous

Carex flacca; Luzula campestris.

The records by Robbins (1991a) of Schoenus nigricans seem not be accepted in the literature, like that of Bilý (1982a) of Juncus-species as hostplants.


BE recorded (Rennwald & Rennwald, 2002a; Bilý, 2002a).

NE recorded (Vorst, 2009a).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

distribution within Europe

largest part of Europe (Fauna Europaea, 2007a)


Bilý (1982a, 2002a), Cobos (1986a), Luna (2017a), Murria Beltrán & Murria Beltrán (2005a), Niehuis (2004a), Panin, Săvulecu & Ruicănescu (2015a), Rennwald & Rennwald (2002a), Robbins (1991a), Sakalian (2003a), Schaefer (1949a), Škorpík, Křivan & Kraus (2011a), Théry (1942a), Ugarte San Vicente (2005a), Ugarte san Vicente, Zabalegui & Salgueira Cerezo (2006a), Verdugo (2005a), Verdugo Paez (1997a, 2002a), Vorst (2009a).

Last modified 9.iv.2021