Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Chirosia nigripes

Chirosia nigripes Bezzi, 1895


Ovipisition on the upper part of the rachis of an unrolling leaf. The larva bores into the rachis, causing the distal part of the leaf to become stunted and finally necrotic. Often several larvae in a mine. Pupation outside the mine (Brown & McGavin, 1982a).


Pteridium aquilinum.


Larvae from spring to end June; hibernation as puparium in the ground (Brown & McGavin, 1982a).


Not known from the Benelux countries (Fauna Europaea, 2007).

distribution within Europe

Scandinaviƫ, Engeland, Duitsland, Italiƫ (Fauna Europaea, 2007).


Chirosia albifrons Tiensuu, 1938.

Last modified 18.ix.2017