Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Aphalara exilis

Aphalara exilis (Weber & Mohr, 1804)

on Rumex

Aphalara exilis:5th instar larva

5th instar larva (from Ossiannilsson, 1992a)


Oviposition on the older leaves, near the veins. Leaves often intensely reddened, disfigured, bumpy; the flat larvae at the base of the shoots and petioles, enveloped in flocculent wax wool; they are brownish-yellow with a reddish tinge. Univoltine; the adults hibernate in conifers or in leaf litter.


Polygonaceae, narrowly monophagous

Rumex acetosa, obtusifolius, scutatus.

References to R. acetosella refer to Aphalara ulicis.


den Bieman, Malenovský, Burckhardt & Heijerman (2019a), Burckhardt (1983a, 2002a), Burckhardt & Kofler (1991a), Burckhardt & Lauterer (1997a), Burckhardt & Thaler (1989a), Conci, Rapisarda & Tamanini (1992a), Hodkinson (2009a), Hodkinson & White (1979a), Hellrigl (2004a), Lauterer (1976a), Lauterer & Dorow (2010a), Malenkovský & Lauterer (2012a), O’Connor & Malumphy (2011a), Ossiannilsson (1992a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Roskam (2009a), Tomasi (2014a), White & Hodkinson (1982a).

Last modified 13.xii.2019